- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

STERLING, Ohio (AP) - A northeast Ohio woman died of a suspected heroin overdose hours after giving birth to a child whose body was found in a bathtub, authorities said.

Kimberly Karosy, 23, was pronounced dead at a hospital Saturday after a 51-year-old man who lived with her called 911 to report that she had become unresponsive. Karosy and the man lived in Sterling, about 20 miles west of Akron.

Wayne County coroner Amy Jolliff said Wednesday that the man called 911 about eight hours after the female child was born at home. Jolliff said autopsies performed in Summit County found no signs of trauma on either the woman or the child. She also said the baby had no birth defects. Jolliff said she’s trying to determine if the baby was alive at birth.

Authorities said the man told investigators that he helped Karosy wrap the baby in a towel, which was placed in a box in a bathtub.

Jolliff said she could not determine how far along Karosy was in her pregnancy because she never received prenatal care. Joiliff added that the man living in the home said Karosy had recently told him she was seven months pregnant. The baby appeared to be about two months premature, Jolliff said.

The 51-year-old told authorities he wasn’t the baby’s father and that Karosy was a heavy user of heroin and methamphetamine.

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