Newborn baby found dead in trash can in Ohio college bathroom. Now his mother is going to jail


A woman accused of abandoning her newborn baby in an Ohio college bathroom has been sentenced to prison after the baby died, media reports.

The baby was found dead in the trash can of Hiram College — a small liberal arts school about 41 miles southeast of downtown Cleveland — in October 2019, WOIO reported.

Cleaning staff found the baby boy in a trash bag, an investigation was launched and authorities identified Breyona Reddick as the boy’s mother, the TV station reported. Reddick was then a student at Hiram College.

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Reddick, 21, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday, June 21, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

She was an 18-year-old college freshman on a full scholarship when she became pregnant, and later gave birth to and abandoned the baby on campus, according to the newspaper.

“There’s nothing that bothers me more than sending a young woman to jail who should be a success story,” Portage County Court of Common Pleas Judge Becky Doherty said when determining the penalty. “But I also can’t ignore the depravity it took for you to take that kid and throw him away like trash.”

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Reddick initially faced a slew of charges, including aggravated murder and child endangerment, but she reached a settlement in April and pleaded guilty to manslaughter, the The Switzerland Times reported. .

During sentencing on Tuesday, Reddick said she regretted her actions, calling them “misjudgment,” the outlet reported.

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