Authorities have charged 19-year-old Ariel Devonish-Francis (pictured) of the Bronx with unlawful disposal of a cadaver for allegedly throwing her newborn down a garbage chute, according to the N.Y. Daily News.
On Saturday, Devonish-Francis reportedly gave birth to a baby boy in her bathroom at the West Farms Road Rehabs projects. Her brother was reportedly home at the time but wasn’t aware that she was pregnant.
“She kept constantly going back and forth to the bathroom — I thought it was maybe something she ate,” Clifton Jones told the Daily News. “If I would have known, things would have been different.”
After reportedly delivering her stillborn, Francis visited the Albert Einstein University Hospital for medical treatment.
There, she reportedly told hospital staff that she dumped the baby down her building’s garbage chute.
Acting off of her information, officers located the fetus in the building’s basement shortly before 6 p.m. Devonish-Francis was arrested shortly thereafter.
And on Sunday, the medical examiner’s officer ruled the fetus a stillborn once they conducted an autopsy.
Neighbors organized a candlelight vigil outside the building Sunday, complete with teddy bear, a candle and flowers.