[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]
The New Springville mother who allegedly killed her newborn daughter by discarding the infant in the trash, was not present in Criminal Court Friday morning for a brief conference.
No certificate of indictment has been filed yet against Nausheen Rahman, 28, which would transfer the case to state Supreme Court, St. George.
She remains remanded to jail and held without bail.
Her next court date is scheduled for March 24.
Rahman’s lawyer, Michael Rosas, declined comment on the case when approached by an Advance reporter after the conference.
She was arraigned Monday on felony charges of second-degree murder and concealment of a human corpse stemming from the March 11 incident.
Rahman allegedly hid the pregnancy from her parents, delivering the baby alone in her family home. She’s accused of putting the still-living infant in a garbage bag, and tossing away the baby in a trash can outside the house, according to prosecutors.
The medical examiner’s office determined the child still had air in her lungs before her death, prosecutors said.
Police found the infant’s bloodied corpse Saturday morning in a trash can outside her home at 174 Richmond Hill Road. The baby was in the fetal position, her thumb next to her mouth, when cops made the grisly discovery, according to prosecutors.
Police initially arrested and charged Rahman on Saturday with concealment of a human corpse. Authorities added a second-degree murder charge Sunday after the medical examiner’s office determined the baby was alive before being placed in the trash, prosecutors said.
The NYPD began its investigation after Rahman walked into Staten Island University Hospital in Ocean Breeze on Friday evening, claiming to be bleeding as a result of giving birth, a law enforcement source said.
Police were notified when Rahman allegedly admitted to hospital staff that she had delivered the baby at home and discarded it, the source said.
Rahman allegedly told detectives the baby was moving after she gave birth, but stopped when she cut the umbilical cord, prosecutors said.