New York woman, 30, is arraigned for murder after 'killing her newborn baby boy and stashing his body in a basement trash can before c
New York woman, 30, is arraigned for murder after ‘killing her newborn baby boy and stashing his body in a basement trash can before claiming she had miscarried’
- Andee Wright, 30, was indicted on two counts of murder for allegedly killing her unborn child while she was alone at her home in Tonawanda, New York
- Erie County’s District Attorney John Flynn said that he didn’t believe the initial report of Wright suffering from a miscarriage, 38 weeks into her pregnancy
- Wright gave birth to unborn boy on October 25 before allegedly hitting him at least twice, resulting in a fractured skull, according to prosecutors
- The unborn baby was found dead in a garbage can in the basement of the house soon after Wright was found in distress by her boyfriend, who called 911
Andee Wright, 30, was arraigned on Tuesday for murdering her unnamed newborn baby boy and stashing his body in a basement trash can before claiming she had miscarried.
A woman has been accused of murdering her newborn baby right after giving birth, then stashing his body in a trash can in the basement of her home last year.
Andee Wright, 30, of Tonawanda, New York, was arraigned on Tuesday for an indictment on two counts of murder, the Erie County District Attorney’s office said.
Wright had originally told authorities she’d suffered a miscarriage at 38-weeks on October 25, 2020. The infant was never named.
But prosecutors questioned her story and opened an investigation.
‘It raised my eyebrows, and it was a situation where I wanted a full blow investigation on the matter,’ District Attorney John Flynn said.
They Wright was at home, and her boyfriend and his friend were out, when she gave birth between 2.30am and 3.15am, Law & Crime reported.
She allegedly murdered the newborn immediately, hitting it at least twice and fracturing its skull.
The Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office did not specify Wright’s method of killing, except to say it was through blunt force trauma and focally penetrating trauma.
Flynn added that a ‘precise, edge like instrument or object’ was involved to inflect such trauma on the infant’s skull.
Andee Wright (right) was arraigned on Tuesday on two counts of second-degree murder after she allegedly killed her newborn in October 2020. Bail has been set for her at $75,000
Wright’s boyfriend and his friend then arrived home, initially not knowing about Wright’s giving birth, according to Flynn.
However, they called 911 upon seeing she was in distress.
First responders soon arrived to the couple’s home on Eggert Road before taking Wright to the hospital.
Just a short time after, the infant was found deceased in a garbage can in the basement of the house.
Investigators are still unsure whether the child was born dead, as a result of an at-home abortion attempt, or whether he was born then killed.
Flynn said he didn’t the report he received that claimed Wright suffered a miscarriage at 38-weeks, prompting him to open an investigation.
But Flynn insists the baby was born alive.
‘I had to make sure that the baby was born,’ he said. ‘I had to make sure that my i’s were dotted and my t’s were crossed and I was 100 percent sure beyond a reasonable doubt of going to a court of law that it was not a miscarriage.’
He added that the time between birth and the alleged murder was ‘quick’.
‘When I say quick, it was quick,’ he said.
Flynn declined to dive into the specifics of the details involved to prove the unborn child’s birth.
Wright faces two counts of second-degree murder. One count was for intentional murder and the other was for depraved indifference to human life.
Her attorney, Paul Dell, called the incident a ‘tragedy’ and that ‘they’re taking this one step at a time.’
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office requested that Wright be held without bail, but the judge set bail at $75,000.
A return court date has not been scheduled at this time.
If convicted of all charges, Wright faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.