An upstate New York woman faces charges of killing her newborn baby after she reportedly gave birth in a convenience store and dumped the baby in a trash can.
On the morning of Nov. 27, police found 20-year-old Tara Tomlin's son in a plastic bag in a dumpster outside XtraMart in Livingston, New York, after a concerned person called 911 suspecting that a child was outside the store, TWC News reports.
Police said they found blood inside the gas station bathroom and believe Tomlin gave birth there shortly before the infant's time of death.
An autopsy determined that the baby died from asphyxiation, police explained.
Tomlin, who is an employee of the XtraMart, spent the day of her son's death in the hospital but was named as a suspect the following day, when the court arraigned her on second-degree murder charges, News 10 reports.
As Tomlin stood inside the courtroom, wearing hospital bracelets and handcuffs, she hung her head and wept.
Her attorney, Michael Howard, requested a mental health evaluation.
“Most importantly, Mr. Howard, on behalf of his client, asked for what’s called a 739 exam, at which time two mental health professionals will determine whether or not she is competent to stand trial," explained District Attorney Paul Czajka, according to News 10.
After Tomlin's court appearance, Howard gave a brief statement.
“She’s distraught, she’s very emotional. You can see that she was crying and terribly upset. It’s a tragic incident,” Howard said.
Tomlin was scheduled to meet with a private psychologist on Nov. 30, Howard explained to Inside Edition.
"It's just a real tragic event," Howard told Inside Edition. "She's sad, she's distraught, she's a 20-year-old kid. I spent a fair amount of time with her yesterday at the jail and shes holding up, I guess as best as one could, under the circumstances."
After her arraignment, officers escorted Tomlin to the Columbia County Jail, where she awaits her next court appearance without bail.