Emporia A 24-year-old woman accused of abandoning her newborn baby in a trash bin told investigators she realized she was pregnant about a month before giving birth, according to police documents.
Christina Nicole Devine was charged Monday with attempted first-degree murder after a maintenance worker found the 7-pound, 10-ounce baby boy alive wrapped in a trash bag in a trash bin in Emporia.
The Hutchinson News reported that the baby was found between 30 minutes to an hour after being born, and is doing well.
A police affidavit shows that investigators visited Devine at a store in Emporia where she works on the same day the baby was found.
Devine first denied she had given birth but later acknowledged that if she were to be examined by a medical professional, results would show she recently had a baby, according to the affidavit.
Devine told investigators she first realized she was pregnant earlier this month, after feeling “kicking” in her stomach.
“Devine said she had not seen a doctor about her pregnancy nor did she tell anyone about it,” the affidavit states.
Under the Safe Haven law in Kansas, an unharmed baby up to 45 days old can be left with an employee at any medical facility, fire department, and city or county health department, with no questions asked.
Paul Dean, a court-appointed lawyer for Devine, did not immediately return a call Saturday seeking comment.
Devine also described falling asleep Oct. 21 at Emporia apartment, then waking up the next morning and blacking out in the bathtub, according to the affidavit.
“When she woke, there was a lot of blood and her stomach was flat,” the affidavit states.
She then reportedly wrapped the baby in a trash bag, making sure not to cover the head, and drove to another apartment complex, where she put the boy in a trash bin. She then cleaned up and went to work.
Devine, who is jailed in Lyon County on $250,000 bond, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Dec. 9.