by Steven Ertelt
August 1, 2007
Ocean City, MD (LifeNews.com) — Officials in Maryland are beginning an investigation today into the case of a mother who allegedly killed four of her own unborn children and placed their bodies around her house. FBI agents are working with local authorities to determine how the babies died and why 37-year-old Christy Freeman kept their dead bodies.
They must first determine whether Freeman, who has four living children, is the mother of the four deceased unborn babies.
She has already been charged in the death of a 26-week-old unborn child who was discovered under her kitchen sink last week.
The case began when Freeman’s longtime boyfriend Raymond W. Godman, Jr., contacted sought medical help for Freeman, who apparently had a miscarriage. Freeman denied she was pregnant at the time medical help arrived and in the emergency room.
However, authorities found bruises on her thighs, abdomen and forearm prior to her admittance to the hospital Thursday with heavy bleeding.
The call for help resulted in a search of her home where the body of one baby was found and that led to a further search that resulted in the discovery of the other bodies.
But whether Freeman committed a crime is a considerable question because Maryland has no law prosecuting women for killing their own unborn children.
The state does have an unborn victims law that punishes criminals who attack pregnant women and kill or injure their babies, but the law doesn’t apply to the mother herself.
State Delegate Susan McComas, a Republican who co-sponsored the 2005 unborn victims law, told AP, “We weren’t contemplating a woman doing something to her own fetus."
Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette DiPino told the Associated Press that “We need to gather as much evidence as we can" and said State’s Attorney Joel Todd is going to have a difficult time putting a case together against Freeman.
DiPino also said a specialist is going to work to determine how Freeman got the bruises on her body and whether they were accidental, self-inflicted or caused by someone else.