A young Louisiana couple has been charged with first-degree murder after a newborn baby was found in a trash can. The baby was discovered barely alive by paramedics who were called to assist the mother having a miscarriage.
On Friday, police arrested Thelma Kirkland, 30, and Carl Hall, 31, the same parents who were accused of leaving the newborn in the trash. According to the police report, the couple called 911 on Wednesday evening seeking for help saying that Kirkland was having a miscarriage. When paramedics arrived at their house on Bush Avenue, they learned that Kirkland had given birth and that the couple placed the infant in the garbage can. Detectives found the baby barely alive. The investigation revealed that the couple waited more than an hour to call the police for assistance.
The mother and the infant were both transported by ambulance to the nearest local hospital where they have been treated accordingly. However, the baby still remains on life support.
The young parents were arrested and taken to Rapides Parish Detention Center, according to media reports. Both parents are facing attempted first-degree murder charges. The case is under investigation and police did not reveal if the parents have attorneys to represent them in court. Police released very few details on this matter. The motive of the crime can assumably be prematurity or the baby’s gender.
Jail records show that bail for each parent is set at $500,000.