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Pa. woman is sentenced for concealing her baby's death

December 27, 2000|By STACEY DANZUSO, Chambersburg

Pa. woman is sentenced for concealing her baby's death



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg woman charged with concealing the death of her stillborn infant daughter earlier this year will spend 15 days in the county jail and 48 months on probation.

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Autumn N. Flythe, 21, of 144 Hamilton Road, Chambersburg, Pa., broke down in tears as Judge John Walker read her sentence Wednesday in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

Flythe pleaded guilty to the charge in November, six months after the body of the near full-term baby girl was found in a trash bin behind the Keystone Car Wash, 744 S. Main St.

Dr. Stephen Overcash, who said he has been counseling Flythe since May, said in court the woman has a history of "self-defeating actions and poor judgment."

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"She knew she did the wrong thing when she got pregnant. She thought maybe this could just disappear," Overcash said. "She used poor judgment."

According to Chambersburg police records, the infant's body had been wrapped in plastic and towels and placed in a backpack. The body was found around 6:45 p.m. May 10.

Flythe told police she had the baby unexpectedly a month before the body was found. 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, according to court documents.

Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Connor 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.

After the body was found, the Chambersburg offices of Pregnancy Ministries named her "Baby Grace" and had been planning a service for her until Flythe was identified as the mother May 13.

"I just want to say that I'm sorry," Flythe told the court Wednesday.

"I believe you. It's a bad situation for everyone," Walker said, but added that a short period of incarceration was called for.

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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