Dead Newborn Girl Found at Ohio University Was Born Alive and Suffocated to Death

State   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Apr 28, 2015   |   3:46PM   |   Columbus, OH

Last week, a newborn girl was found dead after being born alive at Muskingum University in Ohio. Now a corner has determined that the baby died from asphyxiation and police have identified the mother as a student. However, the woman has not yet been charged.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time a baby has died at Muskingum University. In 2002, Jennifer Bryant abandoned her newborn son in a dumpster. He was found alive but later died. Bryant she was charged with involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and abuse of a corpse. She was sentenced to three years in prison but was released after seven months

Then, in 2014, a 24-year-old woman from Michigan was charged with murder after suffocating her newborn daughter to death to conceal her pregnancy to family and friends. As LifeNews previously reported, Melissa Mitin allegedly killed her child shortly after giving birth. Dr. Joyce deJong, Ingham County’s medical examiner, ruled the death a “homicide due to a positional asphyxiation or due to a positional cause,” although she could not determine during autopsy how the baby was suffocated.

Last year, Mitin was arrested and arraigned in the 55th District Court on the murder charge and faces up to life in prison if convicted. But unbelievably, the young woman was out on bail in relation to that murder charge and she got pregnant again. Mitin was taken back to court and told officials about another baby she gave birth to, who is now missing.


Incidents like these are completely avoidable because of Safe Haven laws, which allow individuals to give up unwanted infants safely, legally and anonymously. Locations that are considered safe are police stations, hospitals, firehouses and rescue squads. These statutes were designed to protect innocent infants from abandonment while simultaneously protecting the lives of their mothers.

To learn more about this tragic incident in Ohio, watch the video below.

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