Woman charged with baby’s death after being hospitalized after pregnancy
A pregnant woman is charged with the death of her baby after being transported to hospital with severe dehydration and hypothermia after her baby was taken into the care of a friend.
In an arrest affidavit, Sgt. Steve Taggart said police received a call about a woman who was dehydrated, and she was in need of help.
She called her friend and she said she was at home alone and the woman had taken her to the friend’s house.
“The woman’s husband was there with her,” Taggert said.
“He told the woman, ‘Call 911 and get the baby out.'”
Police said the woman called 911 and police found the baby inside the car.
They said the baby had been taken into care of the friend, and police said she went to hospital but her baby died shortly after arrival.
Taggard said police are still investigating the circumstances of the woman’s death and have no further information to share.
Police are also looking into the death in connection to another woman who suffered hypothermic shock and died.
Tiggert said the other woman has not been charged with a crime.
“We have no additional information to report at this time,” he said.
A message left for the mother’s name was not immediately returned Tuesday.
A vigil was held for the woman Tuesday evening in front of the West Edmonton Mall, with people gathered to honor the woman.
The vigil was planned in honour of the child’s death.
“Today is a very sad day for us, for our community, for the whole city of Edmonton,” said the Rev. Brian Tabb, a local priest and pastor who helped organize the vigil.
“I know that it’s going to be hard for the community to get to know the people of West Edmonton.
This is going to bring people together, and hopefully this will help heal the hearts of people that are hurting.”
The woman was arrested Monday afternoon in Edmonton’s west end.
She was taken to hospital, and Taggerton said police have been investigating the case.
“It’s very, very sad, but we’ll get to the bottom of this,” he told CBC News.
The West Edmonton mall is open for business as usual, but Taggett said people should not come into the mall.
“If you come in, you’re going to have to wait, so please respect our people that come in,” he added.