Search warrant reveals mother gave birth in toilet, then put baby in plastic bag
Police are releasing new details about the death of a one-day-old baby.
A search warrant obtained on Wednesday reveals the mother, Andrea Litter, gave birth while sitting on the toilet at her foster sister's home in Shickshinny on Friday afternoon.
She told police she put the baby inside two grocery bags and then inside another garbage bag, before placing it outside near a burn pit.
According to the search warrant, Litter did not know she was pregnant and the baby was alive and crying after she gave birth.
Trooper Gabriel Paduck, a criminal investigator at Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Shickshinny, says Litter went to Wilkes Barre General Hospital on Saturday for a 'diabetic emergency.'
Hospital staff realized she recently gave birth and contacted police.
"The baby was unaccounted for, and after an interview, she told us that she had the baby," said Trooper Paduck.
Officers then responded to the Shickshinny home, where the baby was found dead.
In the search warrant, officials say Litter used five towels to clean up the bathroom and then returned to her apartment at Sherman Hills in Wilkes Barre.
We spoke to people who live nearby.
"I'm a mother of two stillborn babies and I think it's awful that someone could do that to an innocent child. I think she should be put away forever," said Sherri Burke, of Glen Lyon.
"It just breaks my heart that a one-day-old baby, so precious, is gone," said Jason Solomon, of Breinigsville.
No charges have been filed.
Police are continuing to investigate.