Woman, 28, charged with killing newborn son after giving birth in bathroom

(DAILY MAIL) – A Missouri woman has been accused of killing her newborn son after authorities say she gave birth in a toilet at a meat processing plant and allowed the baby to drown.

Makuya Stephanie Kambamba, 28, of Kirksville, was arrested on Friday and charged with first and second-degree murder, according to court documents filed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP).

Kambamba gave birth to her baby in the restroom at the Smithfield Foods plant in Milan, where she works, on May 6.

Investigators say she then knowingly allowed the baby to drown in the toilet.

Court documents state that Kambamba told police officers that she saw the newborn moving as he was face down in the toilet water.

Kambamba said she then sat back down on the toilet because she was still having labor contractions, and never checked on him until about 30 minutes later when a Smithfield nurse entered the restroom.

An autopsy on the child showed evidence consistent with drowning.

Kambamba’s arrest late Friday afternoon was executed by MHSP, the Kirksville Police Department and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to the murder charges, the 28-year-old is facing charges for first-degree involuntary manslaughter, second-degree involuntary manslaughter and abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death.

She was processed at the sheriff’s office in Milan before being transported to the  Daviess/DeKalb Regional Jail in Pattonsburg, where she is being held without bond.

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