Police: Woman strangled newborn

WARNER ROBINS — A woman is accused of strangling her newborn Thursday in a public restroom at Houston Medical Center, police said Tuesday.

Maria Isabel Torres-Baez, 22, of Warner Robins, was charged with murder in the death of the infant girl estimated at 8 months gestation, said Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for Warner Robins police.

Police believe the mother used her hands to strangle the child, Pugh said.

The autopsy ruled the cause of death as strangulation, according to a Warner Robins police news release.

Police were dispatched to the hospital at 2:44 a.m. after the discovery of the body of the newborn in a restroom of the emergency room, Pugh said.

Torres-Baez came in earlier and complained of abdominal pain, Pugh said. She apparently slipped into the restroom while she was waiting to be seen and delivered, Pugh said.

While Torres-Baez was being seen by emergency room personnel, the infant’s body was discovered.

Torres-Baez denied that the infant was hers when questioned at the hospital, Pugh said.

Torres-Baez, who was being treated in the hospital during the past few days, was arrested Tuesday upon her release.

She was being held without bond at the Houston County jail in Perry, Pugh said.