An Illinois college student killed her newborn and placed it inside her backpack when police approached her on campus.
According to police, the accused Lindsay Johnson, 20 allegedly suffocated her son after giving birth in a residence hall bathroom on the University of Illinois’ campus about 1:30 p.m. March 13.
As Johnson suffocated her baby, undoubtedly, the College student killed her newborn
According to reports, police checked on Johnson about 5 p.m. when another resident reported hearing a student in the bathroom for several hours groaning and crying. The student reportedly explained at the time that she had the stomach flu and didn’t need any help.
After receiving the information “from a person familiar with the situation” police immediately returned to the campus and reportedly found blood and evidence that a baby may have been born in the bathroom.
Johnson was found by police wearing her backpack about 8 p.m. near the Urbana-Champaign campus’ music building. When she was brought to the campus Public Safety Building, the agricultural communications major allegedly admitted she gave birth earlier in the day.
The infant’s body was found inside her backpack. Thus,
Johnson was charged on Monday with first-degree murder, child endangerment and concealment of a homicidal death, officials said. She appeared in court the following day, where she pleaded not guilty.
But she was release after posting 10 percent of a $750,000 bond.
According to her lawyer, Thomas Bruno says “This is a tragic case and a complicated case, there is much we still need to investigate and we intend to vigorously do so, to try to achieve justice on her behalf.”
According to reports, her friends told that Johnson had recently been spending most of her time with her boyfriend, a fellow marching band member. They also said that though Johnson, who was described as a kind and quiet farm girl, had recently gained some weight, it was normal for her to wear baggy clothes.
At first, Johnson allegedly told police that she did not know she was pregnant until she gave birth to the boy, who she said was born not breathing. But soon admitted the boy was alive when he was born, the state’s attorney’s office said, adding that she may have been trying to quiet him by putting a towel or a hand over his mouth.
According to prosecutors, Johnson also admitted that she hid the baby’s body under her bed when police initially came to check on her.
And base on the forensic analysis of the college student’s phone, it showed searches from as far back as September for information on pregnancy, pregnancy symptoms, miscarriage, home abortions and how to manage physical signs of pregnancy after the loss of a baby.
The Champaign County Coroner’s Office preliminary findings of the autopsy show the baby was born alive and there was “no evidence of natural disease or natural causes” of death.
State attorney’s office said that as the college student killed her newborn and if will be convicted, she will face a 75 years sentence. Johnson’s case as per Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz is unusual.
“I’ve done research and there are other similar cases around the country,” said Rietz, who was first elected state’s attorney in 2004. “It’s not something we’ve had in Champaign County in my time.”
Johnson is next due in court May 3.