Kentucky woman faces up to 40 years in prison after throwing her newborn baby boy off balcony

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Kentucky woman faces up to 40 years in prison after admitting to killing her newborn baby boy by throwing him off second-story balcony just a few hours after he was born

  • A woman in Manchester, Kentucky pleaded guilty to killing her infant child
  • The court heard she dropped the baby into a garbage bag before throwing him off a two-story balcony and left him outside for hours until he was found 
  • A neighbor discovered the bag and called the police but the boy died soon after
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A Kentucky woman has admitted killing her baby boy by throwing him off a balcony as soon as he was born, a court heard on Monday.

Amber Bowling, who was 21 at the time, placed the crying infant into a garbage bag and threw him over the second-story banister of an apartment complex in Manchester, according to an arrest citation.

The infant died from injuries related to blunt-force trauma. Bowling’s arrest citation said that the infant had a cranial fracture, fractured ribs, and a brain bleed.

Her sentencing is June 27, with 40 years as the recommended sentence. 

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Kentucky woman Amber Bowling, 21, has been charged with murdering her newborn child

Bowling pictured above in her mugshot

Kentucky woman Amber Bowling, 21, has been charged with murdering her newborn child

Bowling pleaded guilty to the murder in a court appearance Monday, reported TV station LEX18. 

Paul Herd, a resident of the apartment, was returning from work after a 12-hour shift at 7.30am on Tuesday when he saw the bag lying in leaves near the stairs to his second-floor apartment.

He took the child inside and called police, but the child died soon afterwards.

The infant died from a cranial fracture, fractured ribs, and a brain bleed — left outside in the bag for several hours.

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‘I couldn’t sleep at night knowing, just seeing what he’s seen, over and over in your mind again,’ said the man’s son, Tyler Herd.

Bowling gave birth on Sunday and on Tuesday threw the child in a trash bag and threw it over the staircase banister in her home

Bowling gave birth on Sunday and on Tuesday threw the child in a trash bag and threw it over the staircase banister in her home

A resident of the apartment called police after spotting the bag lying in leaves near the stairs to his second-floor apartment (above) on Tuesday morning

A resident of the apartment called police after spotting the bag lying in leaves near the stairs to his second-floor apartment (above) on Tuesday morning

‘Why didn’t she take that child to the hospital and say, “I can’t raise it?” There’s families waiting on these kids,’ Clay County Sheriff Angie Johnson said. 

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Kentucky’s Safe Infants Act allows parents to leave babies younger than 30 days at a designated safe place, including police stations, fire departments, hospitals and places of worship.

‘This is a quiet neighborhood, it’s a nice place to live and I can’t understand why someone would do something like this,’ Sharon Wagers told WKYT.

A judge declared Bowling competent to stand trial in August 2019, according to the Clay County Circuit Clerk.

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