An Ohio mother and her 19-year-old daughter are facing a slew of criminal charges after allegedly suffocating a newborn baby and dumping the child in the trunk of her car.
Basma Abdul Karim Alkelezli, 36, gave birth on September 20 before allegedly stuffing her baby in a garbage bag and enlisting her daughter Hanan Ahmad Al Jabouli, 19, to hide the body.
She then placed the child in an orange five-gallon bucket and hid it in her car, prosecutors allege. On Friday, she admitted in court that she could hear the baby crying from the car.
The tragedy was discovered on September 20 when paramedics from the Norwich Township Fire Department responded to reports of a medical emergency. They later discovered that Alkelezli had just given birth, but was not rocking her child.
While Alkelezli was rushed to the hospital, police visited the house and discovered a newborn baby in a car in the backyard. NBC4.
Both women face a slew of charges and have pleaded not guilty. Alkelezli was given a $2 million bond, and her daughter’s bond was set at $1 million.
Basma Abdul Karim Alkelezli, 36, gave birth on September 20 before allegedly suffocating the newborn and enlisting her daughter to hide the body
Hanan Ahmad Al Jabouli, 19, along with her mother, faces a slew of charges, including aggravated murder, murder, strangulation or suffocation, child endangerment, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence
Assistant Franklin County Prosecutor Cory Helffrich said Alkelezki eventually told officers she was pregnant, but admitted, “They were moving and the baby would come at a higher cost.”
Helffrich also claimed she told officers she didn’t even look at the baby and put him in a trash bag seconds after she gave birth.
When paramedics were first alerted to the medical emergency, one person – apparently her daughter – urged officers to rush to the house, but made no mention of her giving birth.
“My mom isn’t waking up, I don’t know what’s going on with her,” they told 911 in a call from Hilliard police.
Reports indicate that emergency workers discovered she was actively bleeding, but took her to the hospital without initially realizing she had given birth.
After prosecutors determined Al Jabouli had helped her mother, Helffrich claimed she admitted to putting the child in a garbage bag and then into the five-gallon bucket.
“(She) admitted that she could still hear the baby crying from inside the trash bag,” the prosecutor added.
It soon became clear that she had done this, including the fact that she had recently cut an umbilical cord, according to reports.
An officer also noted that there was a language barrier between her and the medics, which may have delayed the discovery that she had given birth.
Alarmed medics alerted police after it became clear the newborn was missing. The police first searched the house without results.
After moving to the rear of the property and looking inside a vehicle parked in the backyard, they made the gruesome discovery of the abandoned but still living child.
Officers quickly began rendering aid to the child before taking him to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he was tragically pronounced dead.
According to Helffrich, a coroner determined that the baby had been born healthy before he was killed.
Paramedics rushed to the house after reports of a medical emergency and rushed Alkelezli to hospital before realizing she had given birth – but her child was missing
Neighbors said emergency workers unsuccessfully administered CRP and chest compressions to the child as a huge police presence descended on the property
The family members were indicted by a grand jury on Friday and now face a slew of gruesome charges in connection with the child’s death.
They are charged with aggravated murder, murder, strangulation or suffocation, child endangerment, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. They pleaded not guilty during a trial in Ohio on Friday.
Before their arraignment this week, the mother and daughter were arrested on September 22 on charges of abuse of a corpse.
Police Chief Mike Woods’ Hilliard Division told reporters that officers were shocked by the alleged crime.
“All the officers that are here, most of them are parents, a few of them here have newborn children,” he said.
‘It’s very hard for them. I’m proud of them for getting through it.’
A neighbor who witnessed paramedics trying to save the child’s life spoke out WSYX that a huge police presence descended on the house and saw the child being carried away on a stretcher.
“They were performing compressions, you could tell by the way they handled the situation that it was a very small person,” they said.