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Texas Woman Arrested After She Allegedly Gave Birth On Toilet, Put Baby In Mop Bucket And Went To Sleep: Cops

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Mar. 25 2023, Published 12:10 p.m. ET

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A woman in Texas has been arrested after she allegedly gave birth on a toilet, put the newborn in a mop bucket outside of her home and then went to bed, according to authorities.

On March 15, deputies were called to a residence in Lindale for a report of a deceased infant, KYTX-TV reported.

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At the scene, officers found the deceased baby wrapped in a towel laying next to a mop bucket, officials said.

According to the affidavit, the baby’s mother, Jazzlyn Nukenya Cooper-Holmes, 23, told police she gave birth to the baby around 4:00 a.m. on March 12 while standing over a toilet “so that the baby would go into the toilet,” KPVI-TV reported.

To prepare for the birth, Cooper-Holmes pre-ordered bedsheets, feminine hygiene products and Tylenol, court records show.

Investigators said the baby went into the toilet head-first and Cooper-Holmes only looked at the baby once before wrapping the child in a towel and putting the baby inside a mop bucket.

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She then allegedly went outside and placed the baby on the ground, KPVI-TV reported.

After delivering, Cooper-Holmes headed back inside and reportedly cleaned up the bathroom before going outside again to check to see if the baby was alive, KPVI-TV stated.

She returned to her bedroom, and after falling asleep, she never went back outside again to check on the newborn, officials said.

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According to the affidavit, Cooper-Holmes contacted the baby's suspected father via Snapchat, saying, “I was pregnant. … That can’t happen again. I can’t be pregnant.”

Officials said an autopsy has been ordered on the baby.

Cooper-Holmes was arrested and booked into the Smith County Jail on a $1 million bond for a charge of abuse of a corpse without legal authority.


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