What Happened Here Led to Murder Charges

Makuya Stephanie Kambamba, 28, is accused of killing her newborn child
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2020 12:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – In a sad story out of Missouri, authorities are accusing a woman of letting her newborn baby die in the toilet where she gave birth. KTVO reports that Makuya Stephanie Kambamba, 28, of Kirksville, is facing murder-one and -two charges in the death earlier this month. Court documents say she gave birth at the Smithfield Foods plant where she's employed and saw the baby moving face-down in toilet water, but sat back down with more labor contractions and didn't look again for half an hour. By then, the child was dead.

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Kambamba admitted as much to investigators, per the Chillicothe News, and the newborn's autopsy results are consistent with drowning. Kambamba was arrested nine days after the alleged May 6 murder and is being held in Sullivan County Jail without bond. She apparently has no prior criminal record. (Read more child murder stories.)

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