In a harrowing case, an Indiana college student is being accused of drowning her newborn son in a bathtub and laughing about the experience, according to a local WANE news report.
Police charged Mikayla Munn, 21, of Elkhart, with murder this week after they said she killed her newborn son in March in her Manchester University dorm. The news station reports newly unsealed court documents indicate Munn showed no remorse or distress at her baby’s death and even laughed “several times.”
Here is more from the report:
According to a news release from Indiana State Police, on March 8, Munn, 21, of Elkhart called 911 just before 11:30 p.m. When emergency crews arrived at Munn’s Manchester University dorm room, they found Munn in the bathtub with an infant boy she had just delivered. The boy was not breathing, so both were taken to a hospital where the infant was pronounced dead. Munn was treated and released.
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Because of inconsistencies in the evidence related to what exactly took place, an investigation was started by the North Manchester Police Department and Indiana State Police.
That investigation, according to the affidavit, found that an autopsy on Munn’s baby showed air in his tiny lungs, meaning the baby took a breath after birth and prior to his death. He was found floating face down in the tub.
Munn reportedly told police that she didn’t know she was pregnant, and that she went to take a bath to help with what she thought were bad period cramps, passed out and woke up to find a baby submerged in the water, according to the affidavit.
But texts months prior showed that Munn knew she was pregnant. In fact, the affidavit said she googled “at home abortions” and how to tie off an umbilical cord.
Reports of infanticide are horrific, and they serve as a reminder of the equally horrific, life-destroying practice of abortion. While infanticide is illegal, abortion is permitted through all nine months of pregnancy in some states. Roe v. Wade, along with its companion case Doe v. Bolton, opened the doors to legalized abortion for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy. The Centers for Disease Control reports at least 7,325 abortions were done on late-term babies in 2011 in 39 of the 50 states.
Just like with abortion, women have life-affirming alternatives to infanticide. All 50 states have safe haven laws that allow women in crisis to abandon their newborns in a safe environment such as a fire station or hospital, without questions or repercussions. Pro-lifers are working to raise awareness about these laws to help protect newborns from abandonment and death.