A 27-year-old mother has been accused of causing the death of her newborn son by placing him in the refrigerator for three hours.
Angela Blackwell was arrested Aug. 22 and charged with homicide by child abuse, according to Daily Mail.
Blackwell allegedly placed 4-day-old William Lewis in the fridge for three hours Feb. 27. She only sought medical help after removing him from the working fridge.
Emergency services staff arrived and attempted to revive the boy. He was subsequently taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker confirmed that William’s cause of death was hypothermia with asphyxiation because he had been exposed to the cold.
Tinker explained that the investigation took six months to complete because a number of interviews had to be conducted with people about William’s death.
No explanation has been offered as to why Blackwell may have behaved in this way.
Jeff Lewis was William’s father. He said in an interview that he did not believe Blackwell did what she is being accused of. He said other people were in the house Feb. 27, and described Blackwell as “a good mom,” according to WSOC.
Lewis has not been charged with any crime in connection with William’s death.
Blackwell has another child. The 3-year-old boy was taken in by the state’s Department of Social Services.
Neighbors were shocked to learn how William died, even though they knew that the couple had lost a baby.
“That’s wrong,” Neely Parker told WSOC. “Wrong is wrong, regardless of whatever it is. It ain’t supposed to be like that.”
Blackwell was due in court Aug. 23 for a bond hearing. If she is convicted of the homicide charge, Blackwell faces a possible life sentence.
The 27-year-old is currently being held at the Chester County Detention Center.