An Uptown woman dropped her newborn girl from an eighth-floor window late Wednesday, killing the baby, because she feared discovery by her family, prosecutors said Saturday.
Mubashra Uddin, 19, was ordered held without bail on a first-degree murder charge Saturday after a hearing in Cook County Bond Court. The newborn, being called Baby Jane Uddin in police reports, was found in the grass outside a high-rise in the 800 block of West Eastwood Avenue about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to authorities.
Uddin did not appear in court Saturday because she is hospitalized.
When Uddin became pregnant by her boyfriend and took a pregnancy test, she told her boyfriend and a friend, but did not tell her family because she knew her Pakistani parents, who are Muslim, would not approve, said Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Turnock. Judge Peggy Chiampas said Uddin’s family circumstances would be important in the case and would be considered.
During her pregnancy, Uddin, a student at DeVry University, wore clothing to help hide the pregnancy and kept it a secret from her family, Turnock said.
On Wednesday, Uddin went into labor at the eighth-floor apartment she shares with her parents and younger sister, in the bedroom she shares with a sister, Turnock said. She gave birth about 11:20 p.m. to a full-term, 7 pound, 11 ounce girl.
After the baby was born, Uddin heard her mother approaching the bedroom, so Uddin opened a bedroom window and dropped the girl out, Turnock said.
The baby fell eight stories and landed on a grassy area near the apartment building. A man found her naked and bloody, but still breathing, and alerted security at the building to call 911, Turnock said.
The girl was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital, where she died at 12:25 a.m. Thursday from her massive injuries, Turnock said.
The girl suffered complex skull fractures, a fractured spine, a broken left shoulder, fractured left and right ribs and a lacerated aorta, lacerated liver and lacerated bowel and suffered from blood in the abdomen, Turnock said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office later declared the death a homicide by blunt-force trauma.
After the baby was found, police canvassed the area and learned from people they talked to that they thought Uddin might have been pregnant, Turnock said. They also figured out that Uddin’s apartment was directly above where the infant was found.
When police went to Uddin’s family’s apartment, they found blood in several places in the bedroom and bathroom, as well as bloody sheets and bloody scissors, Turnock said. When investigators interviewed her, Uddin at first denied she had anything to do with the infant but made “multiple admissions” on video.
Uddin is scheduled to appear in Cook County Violence Court on Monday for a bond review hearing.