An Ohio mother put her newborn in a garbage bag and told her teenage daughter to get rid of the baby, according to court documents.
Basma Abdul Karim Alkelezli, 36, and Hanan Al Jabouli, 19, both of Hilliard, Ohio, face a charge of abuse of a corpse, Franklin County Municipal Court records show. The investigation is still ongoing and additional charges could be filed, according to a statement from the Hilliard Police Department.
Alkelezli allegedly placed her newborn son in a plastic garbage bag before telling her daughter, Al Jaboula, to get rid of the baby, investigators wrote in a case report. The teenager then placed a trash bag in a five-gallon bucket and placed the bucket in the trunk of a vehicle in the yard of their home, according to the report.
Newsweek reached out to Hilliard police by email Saturday for comment.
The police at the scene of the crime tape cordons from the area. The mother and sister of a newborn are facing charges after police discovered the baby’s body in a plastic bag inside a bin in a parked vehicle, according to court documents. Christopher Furlong/Getty
Shortly before 8 a.m. on Sept. 20, Norwich City Fire Department paramedics responded to a medical emergency at a residence on Paxton Drive South, and Alkelezli was transported to a nearby hospital. Paramedics contacted police after noticing signs she had recently given birth, including a freshly cut umbilical cord, court documents show.
Upon arriving at Alkelezli’s residence in Hilliard, a town about 15 minutes from Columbus, officers searched the area and eventually found the baby in a vehicle parked in the yard, police said.
The case report said the baby was warm and officials immediately began CPR until paramedics arrived. The newborn was rushed to Nationwide Children’s Hospital but was pronounced dead, police said, adding that an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.
When questioned, Al Jabouli told investigators that her mother gave birth on Wednesday morning and said the boy was stillborn, according to court documents obtained by local media.
Al Jabouli told police that her mother said they had to clean everything up before her husband found out, local station WSYX reported. She admitted that she helped the mother by putting the newborn in a bucket and into the vehicle, the newspaper said. Al Jabouli is expected in court next month.
Alkelezli was taken into custody Friday and booked into the Franklin County Jail, Franklin County Municipal Court shows. Bail was set at $50,000 during her arraignment Saturday morning. As a condition of her bond, she was required to surrender her passport, online court records show. Alkelezli is due back in court on October 2.
Hilliard Police Chief Michael Woods said in a statement that his department is focused on finding out what happened to the newborn. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 614-876-7321.
“It’s a heartbreaking situation and one of the worst calls,” Woods said.