Police say 22-year-old woman tried to flush newborn

Police Say Iowa Woman Tried To Flush Newborn

Police in Iowa arrested a 22-year-old woman who gave birth in a bathroom at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on Sunday and allegedly left the newborn in a trash bin, reports WHO-TV.

According to the authorities, Ashley Hautzenrader said she had no idea she was pregnant before the baby was born.

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As the child didn't cry, she assumed she had delivered a stillborn infant, notes the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

According to the Daily Mail, police say Hautzenrader unsuccessfully attempted to flush the child down the toilet. She ended up putting the baby in a pillowcase and then in a garbage can.

After cleaning up the area, the young woman left.

Hospital personnel soon found the newborn – alive.

Hautzenrader was taken into custody on Monday morning and charged with child endangerment.

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Police say 22-year-old woman tried to flush newborn

Advanced maternal age

Pregnancy risks are higher for mothers age 35 and older.

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Lifestyle choices

Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and using illegal drugs can put a pregnancy at risk.

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Medical history

 A prior C-section, low birth weight baby or preterm birth — birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy — might increase the risk in subsequent pregnancies. Other risk factors include a family history of genetic conditions, a history of pregnancy loss or the death of a baby shortly after birth.

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Underlying conditions

Chronic conditions — such as diabetes, high blood pressure and epilepsy — increase pregnancy risks. A blood condition, such as anemia, an infection or an underlying mental health condition also can increase pregnancy risks.

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Pregnancy complications

Various complications that develop during pregnancy pose risks, such as problems with the uterus, cervix or placenta. Other concerns might include too much amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios) or low amniotic fluid (oligohydramnios), restricted fetal growth, or Rh (rhesus) sensitization — a potentially serious condition that can occur when your blood group is Rh negative and your baby's blood group is Rh positive.

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Multiple pregnancy

Pregnancy risks are higher for women carrying twins or higher order multiples.

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