Babies Found in Trash Bags

Infants were found in trash bags in both Ohio and North Carolina, one on Friday, October 18th, the other on Sunday, October 20th.


In the first case, cleaning crews discovered a baby in a trash bag inside a dorm bathroom at Hiram College in Ohio.  It was not known how long the baby had been there.


Officials stated that the baby boy was either full term, or close to it, but they did not know if he was born alive or not.  An autopsy has been performed by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, but the results of the examination are not likely to be released for another six to eight weeks.


By Friday evening, the mother of the child had been identified and transported to the hospital for treatment.


Police confirm that a "person of interest" has been identified, but there are no charges being filed at this time.  The investigation is ongoing.


In another matter, a husband returned home Sunday morning to find his wife bleeding on the bathroom floor of their home and called 911.


When emergency services arrived, it is said that Khrystina Marie Rice, 27, refused to answer questions concerning the bleeding or cuts on her body.


Paramedics located an infant "wrapped from head to two in a blanket" and placed "inside a trash bag in the closet."  They detected a faint heart beat and transported the infant to the hospital with Rice, but the newborn died several hours later.


The medical examiner determined that the baby had been born healthy, but suffered from several fractures.  The cause of death was ruled to be asphyxiation.


Investigators say that Rice's husband did not know about the pregnancy.


Rice has been arrested charged with first degree murder and felony child abuse and is being held without bail.