Kentucky police: Woman arrested after dead baby found in trash bag

Published: Dec. 11, 2018 at 4:54 PM EST
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Kentucky police have made an arrest in connection to a baby found dead in a trash bag on the porch of a home in Clay County.

Troopers got a call around 7:30 Tuesday morning that the infant had been found dead inside a trash bag.

The body of the "hours-old" infant was found near the front porch of a home on Ham Hollow Road in Clay County.

On Wednesday evening, officials announced they had arrested 21-year-old Amber Bowling. She was booked in the Clay County Detention Center.

"You just, you can't fathom in your mind why someone would do something like this to an innocent baby," said Trooper Lloyd Cochran. "You just don't know."

Officials say that Bowling said she gave birth on Sunday, put the baby in a trash bag and threw the newborn over the upstairs banister of the complex.

People who live in the area say they are shocked.

"I was upset and angry," said Tyler Herd. "I can't wait until they find the person that done it because they definitely need to be behind bars, no doubt."

"It's heartbreaking to hear something like this and to see something like this," said Sharon Wagers. "This is a quiet neighborhood, it's a nice place to live and I can't understand why someone would do something like this."

According to WKYT, the autopsy results showed the baby had cranial bleeding and fractured ribs.

Bowling was booked into the Clay County Detention Center.