An 18-year-old woman from Chicago awoke on Saturday morning, gave birth alone to a baby boy and then, having placed him in a plastic Walmart bag outside her apartment, went back to sleep. When the newborn was found by construction workers a few hours later he was dead.
The young mom, Ana Rosa Mora, now faces a first-degree murder charge having admitted to police that she killed her baby because he looked like her ex-boyfriend and she was fearful of what her current boyfriend would do.
But Mora’s story just didn’t add up and two staff members at Kelvyn Park High School grew suspicious when they noticed that Mora had given birth. She showed them a picture of a baby girl on her iPad and claimed it was hers.
She then went on to bring up the news about the dead baby that had been found near her home and asked the teachers if police had the right to take DNA from people in that area and whether that would prove who was the mother of the dead child.
With that, the teachers contacted the police and Mora was arrested and questioned on Tuesday. She admitted to police that she had downloaded the picture of the baby girl on her iPad from the internet.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office determined that the newborn, found in the shopping bag with a placenta and umbilical cord, was born alive and most likely died of asphyxia and possible exposure.
Judge Laura Marie Sullivan, from the bond court, set bail at $500,000 for Mora. Her public defender told the court that Mora was due to graduate from Kelvyn Park in June and had planned to attend college this fall.
It remains to be seen what punishment will be handed down to Mora as authorities come to terms with the gruesome nature of the cold blooded murder she is accused of carrying out.