- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A newborn baby who drowned in a toilet in 2013 is buried with a donated headstone at a southwest Illinois cemetery.

The Belleville News-Democrat (bit.ly/1MPVg7o) reports the headstone was donated anonymously.

Last week, a 25-year-old woman was charged with first-degree murder in her newborn’s death. Ciara Jackson of Centreville was charged Friday.

St. Clair County State’s Attorney says Jackson delivered the child on September 27, 2013 and knowingly allowed the baby “to remain submerged” under water.

She’s also accused of attempting to conceal the death at an East St. Louis home by throwing the child out of a second-floor window.

An autopsy found cocaine in the boy’s system.

A $500,000 bond was set Friday, but as of Sunday afternoon Jackson wasn’t in custody. Online court records didn’t list an attorney.


Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, https://www.bnd.com

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