Bay County Mother to be Charged in Death of Newborn

By: Brady Calhoun, News Herald
By: Brady Calhoun, News Herald

FOUNTAIN, Fla. (AP) - Officials say a Florida Panhandle woman suffocated her newborn and threw his body in the trash.

Bay County sheriff's investigators say 26-year-old Stephanie Collins concealed her pregnancy from family and friends. They say she gave birth late Saturday, killed the baby and then dumped him in the trash. The body was found by her grandmother.

They say Collins had a previous abortion and didn't want to have another. She has a 9-year-old son. Detectives say she will be charged with murder.

Under Florida's Safe Baby Act, Collins could have left the baby at a hospital, fire station or other state-designated place within three days without fear of prosecution. Investigators say Collins

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