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Mother Charged With Throwing Newborn Baby With Umbilical Still Attached From Chicago High-RIse
A 19-year-old woman charged with murdering her newborn daughter by dropping the infant out the window of an Chicago high-rise building was ordered held without bail Saturday.
Mubashra Uddin, facing a first-degree murder charge, was not in court because she was hospitalized. The infant, now being called Baby Jane Uddin in police reports, landed in a grassy parkway with her umbilical cord still attached late Wednesday night.
The Cook County Medical Center ruled the infant’s death a homicide from blunt force trauma. Prosecutors said the girl suffered complex skull fractures, a fractured spine, a broken left shoulder, fractured left and right ribs and a lacerated aorta, lacerated liver and lacerated bowel and suffered from blood in the abdomen.
Prosecutors said Uddin, a student at DeVry University, hid her pregnancy from her family because she knew her Pakistani Muslim parents would not approve, the Chicago Tribune reported, and covered up her pregnancy by wearing baggy clothes.
Uddin went into labor Wednesday evening in the apartment where the teen lives with her family. Prosecutors said Uddin gave birth around 11:20 p.m. to a full-term, 7-pound, 11-ounce baby girl in the bedroom she shared with her younger sister.
When Uddin heard her mother coming down the hallway, prosecutors said she panicked and dropped the girl out the window. A man visiting his girlfriend at the building in the 800 block of W. Eastwood Avenue in Uptown spotted the newborn baby in the grass, thinking it was a doll.
The baby was still apparently breathing when brought to Weiss Memorial Hospital, mere blocks away from the high rise building where Uddin lived with her family. The infant died around 12:25 a.m. Thursday.
Police located Uddin from talking to neighbors who told them the teen may be pregnant. Prosecutors said police found blood in the bedroom and bathroom of the family’s apartment, as well as bloody sheets and bloody scissors, the paper said.
Uddin is due in Cook County Violence Court on Monday.