Mother Charged With Murder, Premature Baby Decapitated

25-year-old Laura Lynn Hickey was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of a premature baby. Born at 21 weeks, the baby had “suffered fatal injuries by decapitation,” according to Officer Panco of the Centralia, Washington Police Department. Paramedics were called to the home at 1:00 am on March 2nd, after neighbors responded to her calls for help. After being transported to Centralia Providence Hospital, Hickey told staff that she was suffering a miscarriage, but doctors determined she had given birth. Hickey then admitted to giving birth and told the police that the newborn’s body was located under her kitchen sink. Hickey’s three other children had been removed from her custody about a year ago. The father of the newborn was not present at the birth, police report, “Our investigations have determined she is the only one involved. There hasn’t been any solid reason from her why this happened.”

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