Affidavit Reveals Why Mom Left Baby In Dumpster

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

(WIBW) - An affidavit reveals new details about how a newborn was left in an Emporia dumpster.

Emporia Police investigators submitted the statement to the Lyon County Attorney's Office to support a proposed charge of intentional attempted first degree murder charges against the baby's mother, 24-year old Christina Devine. The charge was filed Monday.

According to the affidavit, Devine told police she didn't even know she was pregnant until just a few weeks before giving birth early Friday and bringing her newborn to a dumpster outside the Chapel Ridge Apartment complex.

According to the affidavit, Devine told police she did it because she was scared she was afraid of being a mom. She says she doesn't know who the father is and that she was raped.

The affidavit reveals that police were tipped by Devine's coworkers at WalMart, who told them Devine never admitted it, but appeared pregnant and showed up to work Friday with that appearance suddenly changed.

Investigators visited Devine at work and found blood in her car. Police say Devine at first denied giving birth, but then said, Friday morning, she blacked out while taking a bath and woke up to see a lot of blood and that she had a flat stomach. She told police she wrapped the baby in a towel and put it in a trash bag, his head outside the bag, then she placed it on the front seat while she drove to an area with apartments and placed the newborn in a trash can.

Authorities believe the baby was there 30 minutes to an hour before maintenance workers found him.

The affidavit says the baby was full term, weighing seven pounds, ten ounces. At last check, he was in stable condition at Newman Regional Medical Center.

Devine remains behind bars. She'll make her first appearance in court Tuesday.

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