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Innocent plea entered in Pa. baby case

October 05, 2000

Innocent plea entered in Pa. baby case



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg woman charged with concealing the death of her stillborn infant daughter earlier this year entered a not guilty plea Wednesday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Autumn N. Flythe, 21, of 144 Hamilton Road, is scheduled to have her case heard during the November trial term, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office.

The body of the near full-term baby girl was found May 10 in a trash bin behind the Keystone Car Wash, according to Chambersburg police records. The body had been wrapped in plastic and towels and placed in a backpack, police said.

Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said in July the results of the autopsy were inconclusive because of the advanced state of decomposition, but were not inconsistent with the baby having been stillborn.

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The affidavit of probable cause alleges Flythe told police she had the baby unexpectedly about a month before the body was discovered. Court documents allege she told police she wrapped the body and kept it in her car until placing it in the trash bin shortly before it was found by two boys working at the car wash.

Concealing the death of a child is a first-degree misdemeanor. A conviction on the charge carries a maximum of five years in prison. The law makes no distinction as to whether the child was born alive, or stillborn, according to the Pennsylvania Crimes Code.

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