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Woman Says She Killed Newborn, Police Say

The 19-year-old mother accused of leaving her baby in a city trash bin told police she strangled or suffocated the boy after he was born.

Abby Elaine Rhoades said after she gave birth to the baby boy last Saturday, she grabbed him by the neck and then heard a “crunch or crack,” according to an affidavit from Bonneville County Prosecutor Kipp Manwaring.

She was charged with second-degree murder. Detective Ken Brown said it will be several days before the results of Friday’s autopsy are available.

Rhoades remained in the Bonneville County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond, but her attorney, John Ohman, has said he will ask for that to be reduced.