DECATUR, Ala. (TCD) -- A 36-year-old woman is in custody after police reportedly found a newborn baby dead inside a dumpster this week.
According to a news release from the Decatur Police Department, on Monday, Oct. 16, officers were called to perform a welfare check on Cindy Crow, who was believed to have given birth recently. Police said they gathered evidence to confirm she had been pregnant as early as February, but her "newborn baby was unaccounted for."
Investigators searched a dumpster outside Wally World Mini Mart on Point Mallard Drive SE and reportedly found a trash bag with a dead baby girl inside. Police said the trash bag had been stuffed to the bottom of the dumpster under other large trash bags.
The Alabama Department of Forensic Science will perform an autopsy on the newborn's body.
On Wednesday, Oct. 18, police obtained a warrant for Crow's arrest and apprehended her on a charge of abuse of a corpse. She was booked into the Morgan County Jail and remains held on $200,000 bond.
The investigation is ongoing, and further charges are possible pending more evidence and autopsy results.