A student at the University of Illinois is alleged to have given birth in a school bathroom and kept the body of her baby boy in her backpack throughout the school day.
An investigation was launched by police at 5pm on March 13 after students and staff reported that a girl had been in a bathroom on campus for “several hours”.
The student in question, however, told police at the time that she had a stomach bug and did not require assistance.
Later the same evening, police received another tip-off from “a person familiar with the situation”, according to a press release, and returned to the girl’s dormitory.
There, they discovered the body of a newborn in her school backpack.
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Officers also returned to the bathroom in question and found evidence that a baby had been born there earlier that day.
When interrogated by police, the student admitted to giving birth on campus.
An investigation into the baby’s death is ongoing. Decisions relating to criminal charges will be made following an autopsy.
“We are still trying to figure out the entire story of what went on, how she eventually ended up at the police department with the baby in her backpack; that’s something we haven’t figured out yet,” a Police Spokesperson from the University of Illinois told press.
“And I’d really caution people on making assumptions.”
The story is just one of a growing number of cases in which it is unclear to police whether a newborn child was stillborn or purposely killed.