Court records show Sacramento mom accused of killing newborn lied to family about pregnancy

9:27 PM, Apr 18, 2013   |    comments
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Courtney Addington

SACRAMENTO, CA - A mother is being held without bail after prosecutors claim she murdered her newborn daughter.

Courtney Addington was in court Thursday afternoon for her arraignment. During the proceedings, Addington and her family said very little.

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Court documents revealed the detailed investigation into Addington that led to her arrest. The investigation uncovered that Addington kept her pregnancy hidden and what happened to her baby.

Court records describe Addington going to Mercy General Hospital back in January with complaints of excessive bleeding she blamed on Irritable Bowel Syndrome. However, doctors quickly determined the young woman had recently given birth.

That led investigators to Addington's Sacramento home where they found a full term newborn baby girl dead inside a white trash bag, tucked under a bed. The criminal complaint identifies the baby as Hayden Elaine Doe.

Court documents described family members as suspicious that Addington might be pregnant, but Addington told loved ones changes to her body were from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. However detectives found no sign of the condition in her medical history.

What they did find when they searched her cell phone were internet searches with the phrases, "Irritable Bowel Syndrome Medications," "Signs that your water is about to break," "What to expect in labor," and "How to stop loss of blood."

Family members didn't want to talk after the arraignment. Investigators said they have no other suspects and that even the family member who drove Addington to the hospital does not appear to have known about the baby.

Investigators said this week's arrest came after autopsy results showed Hayden Elaine was delivered alive and breathing after she was born. The autopsy did not determine the cause of death.


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