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The chilling and tragic discovery of a newborn child under a porch crawlspace has led to the arrest of a 23-year-old Pennsylvania woman. Brittany Robinson of Shenango Township, Pennsylvania has been charged with criminal homicide and abuse of a corpse after police discovered her newborn baby wrapped in a t-shirt and stuffed in a crawlspace under their home's porch.
According to police, Robinson's father was installing holiday lights when he found the deceased baby wrapped in a t-shirt and inside a Walmart bag. It is believed the baby was born and placed in the crawlspace in within 24 hours of its discovery. It is not clear exactly how the baby died but Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Eric Hermick issued a public statement on the matter.
"The baby was a viable 7-pound baby boy," Lt. Hermick said. "They're still looking to determine if there was some exterior cause of death or the elements that killed the baby, but either way, the baby was born alive and cleaned up and then placed under there."
Authorities questioned the family extensively and determined they were unaware of the birth. "They've all indicated to us weren't they aware, that she kept it a secret," Lt. Hermick continued. "There's laws in place that protect mothers if they don't want their child. They can drop it off at a police station, a hospital, fire department… [There are] a lot of families out there that want children that can't have children."
Brittany Robinson also has an 8-year-old child but she does not have custody of the child. Police are still investigating the case and await on the Lawrence County Coroner's autopsy results to determine exactly how the newborn child died.
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