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Hearing waived in Pa. baby case

August 24, 2000

Hearing waived in Pa. baby case



By DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg woman charged with concealing the death of her stillborn infant waived her preliminary hearing Thursday before District Justice Gary L. Carter.

Tyrone Johnson, the attorney for Autumn N. Flythe said her formal arraignment in Franklin County Court is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 4.

"The whole thing right now is to keep a low profile," Johnson said when asked why Flythe waived the hearing. "Without having all the facts, people can be mean."

Flythe, 21, of 144 Hamilton Road, was charged by Chambersburg police in July with concealing the death of the near full-term baby girl, a first-degree misdemeanor carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The body, wrapped in plastic and towels and placed inside a back pack was found May 10 in a trash bin behind the Keystone Car Wash, 744 S. Main St., according to police records.

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The affidavit of probable cause alleged that Flythe told police a few days after the body was discovered that she had the baby "unexpectedly about a month earlier."

"Flythe stated the child was stillborn and she panicked. She placed the body in a backpack and kept it in her car until placing it in the trash can," the affidavit said.

Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said last month that the results of the autopsy and subsequent testing were "somewhat inconclusive" because of the state of decomposition, but supported the conclusion that the infant was stillborn.

The Pennsylvania Crimes Code makes no distinction between live births and stillbirths in the law regarding concealing the death of a child, according to Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom

Flythe has been free on $20,000 bond since the charge was filed, according to court records.

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