Sunday, April 01, 2001

Dead infant found in dorm

The Associated Press

        MURRAY, Ky. — A Murray State University freshman was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence after authorities found an infant dead in her dorm room, according to Kentucky State Police.

        Angelita R. Turner, 19, from Hazel, was arrested shortly after 10 p.m. CST Thursday following an overnight stay at the Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tenn.

        “My understanding is that she went to the Paris hospital and told them that some kind of mass had come out,” said Calloway County Coroner Dwane Jones in an interview with the Murray Ledger & Times. “The hospital then called up to Murray State to notify them that there had been a birth, and they found the infant. It was obvious it wasn't just a mass.”

        Mr. Jones said it was unclear whether the baby was alive or dead at birth.

        A search of Ms. Turner's room in Hart Hall on Thursday led police to the dead infant.

        Police are awaiting results from an autopsy before filing any additional charges. Ms. Turner is lodged in the Calloway County Jail under a $2,500 cash bond.


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