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Wausau woman pleads not guilty to throwing away newborn baby in trash

Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A Wausau woman has pleaded not guilty to throwing her newborn baby in the trash.

33-year-old Zoua Yang was arraigned Monday on a Marathon County felony charge of concealing a child's death. She's also charged with misdemeanor bail jumping, after police were told in mid-October that she gave birth in her bathroom six days earlier.

Defense lawyers said Yang did not realize she was pregnant, and the infant showed no signs of life after being born two months premature. She also said she didn't have health insurance.

A witness said Yang placed the infant in a plastic bag and tossed the baby in a Dumpster. Officers tried recovering the body from the Marathon County landfill, but could not find it.

Yang remains in jail under a $1,000 cash bond. Her next court date was not immediately set.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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