- Jun 5, 2006
She performed her own abortions but she's getting charged with murder?OCEAN CITY, Maryland (AP) -- Experts examined genetic material Tuesday from four tiny bodies discovered at the Ocean City home of a woman charged with murder, and investigators resumed digging with bulldozers in a vacant lot next door.
The woman who lives in the modest home, taxi service owner Christy Freeman, was charged with killing her newborn son after his remains were found wrapped in a bloodied towel under a bathroom vanity.
Police believe Freeman caused the boy's death in about the 26th week of pregnancy.
As they searched the home, investigators found three more pre-term infants, two in a garbage bag with what appeared to be a placenta hidden in a bedroom trunk and another in a garbage bag in a mobile home parked outside.
Cadaver dogs indicated there could be more remains in the yard, but none had been found by Tuesday morning, Ocean City Police spokesman Barry Neeb said.
"We don't have an expectation we're going to find something. We just want to be thorough in our investigation," he said.
The state medical examiner's preliminary report on the newborn boy determined it was in about the 26th week of pregnancy, and medical examiners "believe the child was stillborn," a release from police said. But the investigation was still under way into both the cause of that death and whether all four dead infants were related to Freeman.
The grisly discoveries came to light after Freeman, 37, was admitted to a hospital with heavy bleeding late last week. Doctors found evidence of a recent pregnancy but no baby.
Freeman, who at first denied being pregnant, was being held without bail Tuesday awaiting an Aug. 27 preliminary hearing. It was through interviews with her that authorities came to believe she caused the newborn boy's death, Neeb said.
"It was something she said. I can't expand on that," he said.
At a bail hearing Monday, Freeman, who has four living children, professed her innocence but did not offer any explanation about the human remains in her home.
"I want to clear my name in this case," she said.
Her longtime boyfriend and the father of their four children, Raymond W. Godman Jr., has not been charged, and the children were in his custody. "At this point, he is not a suspect, but we are not ruling anyone out," Police Chief Bernadette DiPino said.
According to prosecutors, Godman said he found his girlfriend bleeding in the bathroom last Thursday. When rescuers arrived, Freeman told them she was not and had not recently been pregnant, according to prosecutors.
Later, however, she told police she had delivered a deformed baby and had flushed the remains down the toilet. According to prosecutors, though, the baby was viable, with hands, feet and facial features. A 2005 Maryland law allows murder charges against someone who causes the death of a fetus considered viable.
Worcester County state's attorney Joel Todd said the state will use that statute to pursue the murder charges.
"We will have to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that she did something to cause that baby to be stillborn," Todd said Monday.