A Drew County woman has been charged with concealing the birth of a newborn baby and abuse of a corpse while another woman is facing felony charges in connection with the aborted fetus.
Tenth Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen on Wednesday charged 37-year-old Anne Bynum with one count of concealing a birth and one count of abuse of a corpse.
Deen charged a nurse, Karen M. Collins, 32, also of Drew County, with one count of unlicensed abortion and one count of unlawful abortion.
Additional charges are possible, according to Deen.
“The autopsy report is not yet complete,” Deen said. “The manner and cause of the child’s death are not known. There remains the possibility of further charges.”
Bynum reportedly gave birth to a baby on April 1 then placed the infant in a plastic bag and put it in her car before going to bed, according to an April news release from the Drew County Sheriff’s Office.
Hours after the birth, Bynum reportedly went to the emergency room of Drew Memorial Hospital and asked to see a doctor. When asked what was wrong, she is alleged to have held up a plastic bag containing a newborn baby.
The infant was pronounced dead at the hospital and taken to the Arkansas Crime Lab for an autopsy.
An investigation revealed that Bynum, who was 33 weeks pregnant, delivered the child at her parents home at 3 a.m. on April 1 after having taken medications to induce labor, according to Lt. Tim Nichols, a criminal investigator with the Drew County Sheriff’s Office.
Collins, according to a Deen’s charging information, induced Bynum to have an abortion or willfully terminate her pregnancy. She is alleged to have administered a drug to Bynum with the intent to produce an abortion or premature delivery of a fetus. Collins is not licensed to perform an abortion.
Abuse of a Corpse is a Class C felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine not exceeding $10,000. Concealing a birth, unlicensed abortion and unlawful abortion are all Class D felonies punishable by a maximum prison sentence of six years and a fine not exceeding $10,000.
Unlicensed abortion and unlawful abortion are also class D felonies.