Angela Blackwell, 27, is accused of killing her newborn son by putting him in a refrigerator, where she left him for hours, police say.
Blackwell was arrested Monday in Chester County, S.C., for the incident that authorities say happened in February, according to WBTV. Blackwell is facing felony murder/ homicide by child abuse charges.
Blackwell appeared in court Tuesday, where reports indicate she was denied bond. She faces 20 years to life if she’s convicted.
Here’s what you need to know about Blackwell:
1. Police Say Blackwell Put Her Son In A Refrigerator
Authorities say Blackwell was at her Rose Street home on Feb. 27, where she put the 4-day-old baby, William David Lewis, in the refrigerator, shut the door and left him there for several hours, according to the Associated Press.
Around 8:26 a.m., Blackwell sought medical attention for the child, according to WBTV.
Deputies say they were called to Chester Regional Medical Center for an unresponsive child, according to WSCO. Staff there pronounced him dead.
2. The Infant Died Because of ‘Extreme Indifference to Human Life,’ Authorities Say
The warrant, WBTV reports, states the death of the 4-day-old child “occurred under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to human life.”
The Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said the boy died from hypothermia with asphyxiation from being placed in the cold, according to the AP.
WSCO reports the coroner said it took six months to arrest Blackwell because of extensive interviews.
Authorities didn’t say why Blackwell put the child in the fridge in the first place.
3. Blackwell’s Supporters Say She Isn’t Guilty of Killing the Boy
Tweets by WCNC’s Savanna Levins and Fox46’s Yolian Ortiz indicate Blackwell’s family — the boy’s father and Blackwell’s father-in-law — believe she’s innocent.
“It’s hard. It’s very hard,” the baby’s grandfather, Billy Lewis, told The Herald. “…That’s a lie right there ‘cuz she didn’t do it. We don’t know who did, but she didn’t do it because she loves her kids too much.”
An online obituary doesn’t declare how the child died, but it names his surviving family, including mother Angela, father Jeffrey Lewis, his brother and grandparents.
The child’s 3-year-old brother was taken by South Carolina Social Services after the arrest, according to the Rocky Hill Herald.
4. Blackwell Was Recently Sued By a Loan Office, Records Show
Always Money, a loan and cash advance company throughout the South, sued Blackwell in April for more than $1,200.
The 4-day-old child’s father, Jeffrey Lewis, was previously charged with littering and violating animal control policies, records show.
5. Blackwell Was Denied Bond & Appeared With a Public Defender
Blackwell appeared in court Tuesday in front of a magistrate judge who cannot set a bond on a murder charge, a number of reports stated.
According to Amy Cowman of WCCB, Blackwell had a public defender at the hearing and is being held without bond. Blackwell faces 20 years to life in prison, if she’s convicted.