- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Police in Lafayette, Louisiana, said a woman is charged with second-degree murder after a man was going through storage-unit boxes he had bought at auction and found the body of a long-dead baby.

Rebecca Landry, 57, of Lafayette, was arrested Thursday, shortly after the body was found, according to a news release from city police. It was not immediately clear whether Landry has an attorney to speak on her behalf.

Landry remained in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on Thursday evening, according to booking records. Bond had not been set.

The Advocate reported (https://bit.ly/1Im3THL ) that an affidavit for Landry’s arrest said she told police she gave birth in her apartment in 2001 and did not seek medical help. The sworn statement said no one knew she had given birth and the infant “stopped breathing suddenly” days later.

The affidavit said Landry at first kept the body in a box in her apartment, then moved the box to her mother’s storage unit in 2002, where it remained until Thursday.

Police said a DNA test is planned, and autopsy will be done to try to determine the baby’s cause of death.



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