Mother facing murder, child abuse charges after newborn found in trash bag at NC home

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Khrystina Marie Rice

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UNION COUNTY, N.C. -- A mother was arrested in NC and charged with murder after paramedics found a newborn hidden in a trash bag in a closet, investigators say, WBTV reports.

She was reportedly trying to hide her pregnancy from her husband.

Deputies say Khrystina Marie Rice, 27, was found in a Union County home Sunday morning after her husband found her bleeding on the bathroom floor and called 911.

Rice had cuts on her body that she refused to answer questions about when emergency crews arrived.

Paramedics found a newborn hidden “inside of a trash bag in the closet" and “wrapped from head to toe in a blanket.”

The newborn had a faint pulse and was taken to the hospital with Rice but died hours later.

The medical examiner says the baby was born healthy and suffered multiple fractures.

Asphyxiation was ruled as the official cause of death.

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

She was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse and is being held without bond.

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