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Mother accused of abandoning newborn in Emporia realized pregnancy late

October 31, 2010


— 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.


Ron Holzwarth 7 years, 6 months ago

I'm not any kind of expert, but it seems to me that any woman who carries a baby for eight months would at least suspect that she's pregnant.

The only baby abandonment that I know all about was Baby John Doe, who was abandoned in a stairwell at 2400 Alabama right here in Lawrence, Kansas, on January 19, 1986. In that case, C. knew she was pregnant for seven months, and had plenty of time to plan the whole thing. I learned about it after the fact, from reading the front page of the Journal World on January 21, 1986.


Unfortunately at the time, the police here in Lawrence were not as interested in prosecuting that case as the Lyon County Police seem to be today. Yes, I did call the police, and the officer I spoke with was not interested.

gr 7 years, 6 months ago

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Ron Holzwarth 7 years, 6 months ago

Second and third trimester abortions are illegal in Kansas without an overriding medical reason.

Colorado does allow second trimester abortions upon demand, I do not know about the other 48 states.

But if she had been pregnant for 8 months, she was definately in her third trimester, so abortion in her case would not have been legal without an overriding medical reason. And "not realizing you're pregnant" is NOT an overriding medical reason.

jhawkinsf 6 years, 3 months ago

And she retains her "right" to have children in the future.

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