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Infant Found Dead in IHOP Bathroom After Mother Allegedly Tried to Flush Newborn Down Toilet: Police

Woman Accused of Concealing Birth After Baby Found in IHOP Restroom
Source: Bowling Green Police Department; Unsplash

Shaniqua Caldwell was arrested after a baby was found dead in an IHOP bathroom toilet, according to police.

Jun. 3 2024, Published 2:02 p.m. ET

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A woman in Kentucky has been arrested in connection with the discovery of an infant’s body reportedly found in the toilet of a restaurant.

Officers recently responded to an IHOP in Bowling Green after someone phoned 911 to report a bleeding woman in the bathroom who possibly miscarried, according to police reports obtained by the Bowling Green Daily News.

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Responding officers found a deceased infant in a toilet before locating 35-year-old Shaniqua Caldwell in the parking lot of a Red Roof Inn.

According to the 911 caller and other witnesses, the woman allegedly tried to flush the baby down the toilet, the report claims.

When talking with police, Caldwell allegedly admitted to being at the IHOP, but she denied being pregnant, according to the report.

Officers said Caldwell told them she had not had sex in six years and she is related to Denzel Washington and Michael Jordan.

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Caldwell refused to be evaluated by medics, but officers determined she posed a danger to herself and took her into custody for a mental health evaluation, court records state.

She did not provide a local address and claimed she was from New York, but also failed to indicate an address in that state. She also claimed to be in Bowling Green for business, but she would not provide any further details, according to court records.

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Caldwell was arrested and charged with concealing the birth of an infant, officials said.

It remains unclear how her alleged baby died, and autopsy results are pending. Additional charges could be filed depending on the autopsy results, authorities said.

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