Emporia Mom Accused Of Abandoning Baby Faces Trial

By: AP
By: AP

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) _ An Emporia woman accused of abandoning her newborn baby in a trash bin has been bound over for trial.

Radio station KVOE reports that a judge ruled Thursday there was enough evidence to try Christina Nicole Devine on a charge of attempted first-degree murder.

A maintenance worker found the 7-pound, 10-ounce baby boy alive in October. He was wrapped in a trash bag in the trash bin in Emporia.

Devine reportedly went to work the same day she gave birth.
Police received a tip from a coworker who said she looked pregnant one day but not the next.

A pediatrician testified during the preliminary hearing that the newborn's body temperature was much lower than normal when he was found. The doctor said the boy also had shallow breathing, a respiratory problem and an infection.

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