Crime

Woman jailed after dead newborn found in trash. Family didn’t know she was pregnant

Angelena Hamilton
Angelena Hamilton

An 18-year-old Clovis woman is under arrest after police found a dead baby in a residential trash container.

Just after 8 a.m. Wednesday, police were called to the area of Minnewawa and Alluvial avenues because the caller said there was something bloody in a residential trash container and blood on the driveway.

Officer found a dead newborn girl in the trash and then talked to the family that lives there.

They concluded that Angelena Hamilton, 18, gave birth to a child at home. The family didn’t know she was pregnant or had given birth, police said.

Hamilton was at college when police arrived, was found by police and taken to a hospital for treatment.

“It’s devastating to realize a newborn baby’s life was lost and that she made the decision that she did,” Police Chief Matthew Basgall said. “Nobody wants to see this happen. It’s sad when this occurs when there are so many options out there.”

Hamilton’s family is “devastated” and is cooperating with police, he said.

The father of the child moved out of state several months ago, and police believe he wasn’t aware she was pregnant.

Police believe she gave birth outside of the home between midnight and 6 a.m., he said. They believe the baby was born alive, but the cause of death will be determined by the coroner.

Hamilton has no criminal record.

“She made a very bad choice,” Basgall said.

She told detectives she gave birth to the baby on Wednesday but didn’t obtain medical attention for herself or the child. She was arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment.

The investigation into the circumstances of the child’s death is continuing.

Lewis Griswold: 559-441-6104, @fb_LewGriswold

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