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BABY IN TRASH
(2007-06-01)
(wgvu) - THE MOTHER OF A NEWBORN BOY FOUND ALIVE
INSIDE A PLASTIC BAG AFTER SHE WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL WANTS TO SEE
THE CHILD.
VALEEKA GARTRELL IS ACCUSED OF DISCARDING HER NEWBORN IN A
SEALED PLASTIC GARBAGE BAG.
SHE'S CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER AND FIRST-DEGREE CHILD
ABUSE. HER NEXT HEARING COMES JUNE 21ST.
HER LAWYER SAYS GARTRELL LIKELY WAS SUFFERING FROM POSTPARTUM
DEPRESSION AFTER GIVING BIRTH IN APRIL. HER PARENTS WEREN'T AWARE
OF THE BIRTH WHEN THEY TOOK HER TO A SUBURBAN DETROIT HOSPITAL.
BUT WHEN HOSPITAL STAFF TOLD THE PARENTS SHE ALREADY HAD GIVEN
BIRTH, POLICE SAY GARTRELL'S STEPFATHER RUSHED TO THE FAMILY'S
WESTLAND HOME AND FOLLOWED THE CHILD'S CRIES TO THE GARAGE.

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