WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) -- A woman allegedly responsible for the death of her abandoned newborn daughter in 2010 was charged Tuesday, according to Winston-Salem Police.
A Planned Parenthood employee arrived at work and found a plastic tub near the entrance with what initially appeared to be a baby doll inside on Sept. 11, 2010. Closer inspection revealed it was a dead newborn infant.
Winston-Salem Police detectives launched an investigation but were unable to identify the child. Detectives reviewed the case and evidence again last fall and developed a new lead, police said.
Detectives worked with Forsyth County District Attorney and the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office and were able to identify the mother of the child.
Winston-Salem Police charged 44-year-old Jennifer McMillan Crow with involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday, March 9. She was released from custody on a $100,000 unsecured bond.
The Greensboro News & Record reports the child's cause of death was perinatal pneumonia and environmental hypothermia, according to police. Investigators also determined she suffered complications of prematurity, police said. The baby's death then was determined to be a homicide, the News & Record reports.