A woman in South Carolina has been arrested on murder chargers after she allegedly put her newborn baby in the refrigerator for hours. Angela Renee Blackwell, 27, was arrested Monday and charged with felony homicide by child abuse.
According to the arrest warrant, Blackwell was at her home on Rose Street on February 27 when she put her newborn baby in the refrigerator and shut the door. Blackwell reportedly removed the infant after three hours, around 8:26 a.m., and sought medical attention.
After the newborn baby went to Chester Regional Medical Center, doctors pronounced him dead.
“The death occurred under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to human life,” the warrant states.
If convicted, Blackwell stands to spend 20 years in prison. Here’s more:
William David Paul Lewis died from “hypothermia with asphyxiation due to being in a refrigerator,” according to Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker.
Blackwell was at her home on February 27 when she put her baby in the refrigerator and shut the door, an arrest warrant said. The warrant said Blackwell removed the infant after three hours and sought medical attention.
“This case was under heavy investigation,” Tinker told WYFF. “Initially, we did not know why the body was so cold.”
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According to the warrant, the child was four days old when he was placed in the freezer.
Tinker said it is not unusual that it took about six months for someone to be charged in connection with the death.
“There were ten people at the home when the child died,” Tinker said. “Investigators had to speak to everyone who was there.”
The infant had a 3-year-old brother who lived in the home, Tinker said.