CHICAGO — An Illinois teen is facing a murder charge after being accused of throwing her newborn baby out of her apartment window—located on the eighth floor of the building.
Mubashra Uddin, 19, was denied bail Saturday after being arraigned in Cook County Bond Court on a first degree murder charge. Police believe that Uddin gave birth Wednesday night and then threw her newborn daughter out of the window onto the grassy area below.
The baby was found at approximately 11:45 p.m. by a bystander who wrapped the baby in blankets while waiting for paramedics to arrive. The child, who was breathing at the time she was found, was rushed to Weiss Memorial Hospital, but was pronounced dead. She suffered numerous injuries, including a fractured spine, skull and ribs, according to the Chicago Tribune.
A medical examiner concluded that the newborn died of blunt force trauma.
Police investigated the matter and learned from neighbors that Uddin, whose family’s apartment was directly above where the baby was found, might have been pregnant. They found blood in the bathroom and bedroom, and Uddin eventually confessed after initially denying that the child was hers.
Prosecutors state that Uddin sought to hide the pregnancy from her Muslim family as she knew they would be upset that the child was mixed race. Uddin is of Indian descent and the father is African American. She wore loose clothing so as not to reveal that she was with child.
Neighbors held a vigil for the baby Friday night, placing flowers and stuffed animals around a tree near where the newborn was found.
“I would have taken the baby [and] I’m 71,” local resident Katy Gray told CBS2.
Illinois has a safe haven law that allows mothers to drop off infants up to 30 days old at a fire station, police station or hospital with no questions asked.
“They can hand over their baby to somebody and walk away,” Dawn Geras of the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation told Life News. “They’ll be safe and the baby will be adopted and loved and cherished forever.”
Weiss Memorial Hospital is less than a block from Uddin’s apartment.