Update: Autopsy results of newborn found in trash bag released, mother pleads not guilty

Published: Dec. 11, 2018 at 10:11 AM EST
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Update, Friday

Friday morning, the Clay County coroner released the autopsy results of a newborn baby found dead in a trash bag.

The autopsy revealed multiple blunt force injuries to the head and chest.

The coroner said this is consistent with the police report that the infant was tossed from a balcony.

Rominger Funeral Home in Manchester is handling funeral arrangements.

Amber Bowling, the mother who police said threw the still-crying baby off the balcony, pleaded not guilty to murder Friday morning. A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 27 at 9:30 a.m.

Update, Wednesday

Kentucky State Police said an arrest was made Wednesday in connection to a newborn baby found dead in a trash bag.

Police arrested Amber Bowling, 21, in the afternoon.

She is charged with murder-domestic violence. Police took her to the Clay County Detention Center.

According to the arrest citation, the autopsy revealed that the baby had a cranial fracture, a brain bleed and fractured ribs.

Police said Bowling told them she gave birth to the infant on Sunday. She then allegedly put the crying baby in the trash bag and threw it over the upstairs banister of the apartment complex.

Original Story, Tuesday

A death investigation is underway after a newborn baby was found dead at a home in Clay County.

Kentucky State Police say they responded to a call Tuesday morning at a home on Ham Hollow Road.

When troopers got to the scene, they discovered a man came home and found a newborn in a trash bag at the bottom of his stairs.

"It did not ask for this. It did not ask to be brought into this world and then to be dumped like this," said Sharon Wagers, a neighbor. "From that point on my life was just shattered. It's just unbelievable. I can't believe it's happened. I don't know who could do this and why they would do this because anybody around here would have helped if they would have just asked."

Tyler Heard's father found the newborn.

"He came in from work. Just getting home and tired, he thought it was a baby doll or something along those lines," said Heard. "He walked up the stairs to the first level and at that point, he said something was pulling him to go back and check. He set his lunch bucket down and went back down, raised it up a little bit to see and at that point he realized it was a real baby."

The body will be sent to the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort for an autopsy. Police said it was just a few minutes or a few hours old.

There is no word on the cause of death. Troopers are knocking on doors and checking hospitals and clinics to try to find who did this.

"This is horrific and it's very tragic," said Trooper Lloyd Cochran. "There's a lot to be done. There's a lot to find out. We just want to get the answers to this."

"I can't wait until they find the person that done it because they definitely need to be behind bars, no doubt," said Heard.

"Justice. I want justice. I hope they find whoever did this and they get what they deserve, because this little child didn't deserve this, didn't deserve it," said Wagers.

No suspects have been named at this time, nor do we know what kind of charges this could bring.

Somebody put a new born baby at the bottom of the steps in a trash bag it just breaks my heart how people can be I’m crying my eyes out idk how somebody could do that, the baby was found dead .

Posted by Brittany Herd on Tuesday, December 11, 2018