"The actions of this defendant are so horrendous and so reprehensible that it shocks one's conscience," an assistant district attorney told a courtroom in Staten Island, NY, on Monday in the case of 28-year-old Nausheen Rahman. The defendant is accused of murdering her newborn daughter and then disposing of the baby's body so quickly that she never even realized it was a girl, the New York Times reports. Gasps were heard in the courtroom as details of the baby's death were revealed, including how Rahman hid the pregnancy from her family and gave birth alone in her childhood home in New Springville. Per CBS New York, Rahman showed up at a local hospital on Friday saying she felt ill, and there she confessed she had given birth five days earlier.
When cops hurried to Rahman's home, they discovered the baby "in the fetal position, covered in blood … in the garbage can, in a trash bag right outside this defendant's house," Assistant DA Jane Grinberg said in court, per the New York Daily News. "The baby had air in her lungs. The defendant … told the detectives that the baby was moving after birth. And once she cut the umbilical cord, the baby stopped moving." Rahman, who now faces charges of murder and unlawful concealment of a human corpse, is being held without bail until her next court appearance Friday. (The body of a teen missing for more than a decade was found in his mom's car.)