Chicago woman in court, accused of killing baby daughter

AP News
|
Posted: Nov 16, 2015 6:47 PM
Chicago woman in court, accused of killing baby daughter

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman accused of throwing her infant daughter to her death from an eighth-floor window appeared in court Monday where a judge allowed a scheduled bond hearing to be delayed.

Prosecutors say 19-year-old Mubashra Uddin hid her pregnancy and killed the baby because she feared her parents. They say she gave birth to a full-term baby girl last week and dropped the baby out of a bedroom window as she heard her mother approaching.

Uddin's attorney, Adam Sheppard, said Monday he plans to argue that Uddin be released on bail at a rescheduled bond hearing Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

"Her family is standing by her," Sheppard said.

Prosecutors want Uddin held without bail.

She was ordered held without bail Saturday on a first-degree murder charge, but didn't attend that hearing because she was hospitalized.

A man found the newborn in the grass outside a high-rise apartment building Wednesday night, said Assistant State's Attorney Patrick Turnock. The girl was still breathing, Turnock said, and the man alerted building security to call 911.

The baby died early Thursday at a hospital from her injuries, according to Turnock. An autopsy found the baby's death was a homicide caused by blunt-force trauma.

Turnock said Uddin became pregnant by her boyfriend and told him and a friend after taking a pregnancy test, but didn't tell her family because she knew her parents wouldn't approve. Uddin wore clothes to help mask her pregnancy, Turnock said.

Uddin at first denied she had anything to do with the infant, but she made "multiple admissions" on video after investigators interviewed her, Turnock said.

Judge Peggy Chiampas said the circumstances of Uddin's family would be considered in her case.