City woman is charged in newborn son's death

The Baltimore Sun

A warrant has been issued charging a West Baltimore woman with the death of her newborn son, police said.

The woman, Jeanine Alice Blackwell, 34, of the 300 block of S. Monroe St. is serving time at Maryland Correctional Institute for Women at Jessup for a parole violation, police said. City homicide detectives are expected to charge her formally with the newborn's death, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a city police spokeswoman.

Monroe said that about 4 p.m. March 8, Blackwell was experiencing pain when she sat on her home toilet and gave birth. Monroe said the woman told police she didn't know she was pregnant, though she had given birth 12 years ago.

Monroe said a friend of Blackwell's removed the newborn from the toilet and wrapped him in a towel before calling 911. Medics pronounced the child, estimated to be 28 to 32 weeks' gestation, dead and notified police.

Monroe said an autopsy released Monday revealed that the newborn, who weighed nearly 3 pounds, had air in his lungs, indicating that he had taken a breath. The autopsy showed the death was caused by drowning and was a homicide. Blackwell is charged with first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, and drug violations.

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