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Columbia woman charged with murder in death of newborn

Jess Nocera
Contact ReporterHoward County Times

A Columbia woman was arrested Wednesday night and charged with murder in the death of her newborn son, who was found dead inside a zipped plastic bag at her home in November, Howard County police announced Thursday morning.

Moira Akers, 38, who lives in the Carved Stone townhomes in Columbia, was charged with one count of first-degree murder, police said. Akers is also being charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault, according to online court records.

Akers was transported from her residence to Howard County General Hospital on Nov. 1, with police being called to the hospital.

It was determined through investigation that Akers had recently given birth inside her home. After responding to her home, investigators found a “male newborn in a zipped plastic bag under blankets in a closet,” police said. The baby was deceased.

A recently completed autopsy report found the infant was full-term and alive at birth. Classified a homicide, the cause of death was ruled as asphyxiation and exposure, police said.

When looking at Akers’ internet search history, police said they discovered multiple searches on how to terminate a pregnancy.

Debra Saltz, Akers’ attorney, couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Akers is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center.

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