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Iowa woman to enter guilty plea in case for attempting to flush newborn



This news story was published on July 27, 2017.
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IOWA CITY – An Iowa woman who tried to flush her brand new baby down the toilet and was charged with attempted murder and child endangerment charges will plead guilty in the case in August.

Ashley Hautzenrader, now age 24 of Davenport, is charged with felony B attempted murder and aggravated misdemeanor child endangerment after she allegedly gave birth to a baby in a bathroom at the University of Iowa Hospitals in May of 2016.

According to a police report, Hautzenrader allegedly tried to flush the newborn and when that didn’t work, she stuffed the infant into a pillow case and put it in a trash can. The baby wasn’t crying, so she thought it was dead. The child survived and was found by hospital employees.

Hautzenrader is now scheduled for an August 11 plea hearing in Johnson county; the details were not immediately available.

Hautzenrader failed to use Iowa’s Safe Haven Law, which has saved at least 28 babies since it was enacted in 2002.

Ashley Hautzenrader

Ashley Hautzenrader

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4 Responses to Iowa woman to enter guilty plea in case for attempting to flush newborn

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 28, 2017 at 6:53 am

    I just dont understand how anyone can do this. With today’s safe haven laws, and more help them ever before, what goes through a “persons” thought process?

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 28, 2017 at 2:40 am

    her “thing” should be sewed shut so she cant do it again

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 28, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Wow that is a real intelligent thing to say!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 28, 2017 at 12:36 pm

        Surprized?? Just the kind of Neanderthal comment you would expect here.