Woman charged in death of infant found in paint can

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – The mother of a newborn whose body was found in a paint bucket in the basement of her Pennsylvania home has been charged in the baby’s death.

The Lehigh County district attorney said Wednesday that 30-year-old Ashley Caraballo is charged with criminal homicide, concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse.

District Attorney Jim Martins said the Allentown woman was taken to a hospital in October 2017, where doctors found evidence that she had recently given birth, although she denied having done so.

Martin says police found a deceased male baby wrapped in a sheet inside a backpack within a 5-gallon paint bucket in the basement. Two forensic pathologists concluded that the baby died after being born alive.

A message was left with Caraballo’s attorney seeking comment.

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