Woman Arrested After Dead Newborn Found in Amazon Warehouse

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A 22-year-old woman has been arrested after her newborn baby was found dead in a Phoenix, Arizona Amazon warehouse bathroom, AZ Central reports.

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The baby, who was reportedly full-term and dead upon discovery, was found last week. Samantha Vivier told investigators she went to use the restroom after clocking out for lunch where she began bleeding, ultimately giving birth to a baby she says wasn’t breathing or moving. After staying in the stall for an “extended period of time” she put the baby in a bag in the trashcan and went home. Viver says she did not know she was pregnant at the time, having not had regular doctors appointments or feeling a baby inside her.

While it’s not unbelievable that Vivier might not know she was pregnant, it’s worth pointing out how difficult it is to get an abortion in Arizona even if you do know you’re pregnant. The state has limited abortion access and annoying laws for women who want to obtain one, including mandatory state-directed counseling and a 24 hour wait period before the procedure.

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Arizona also has a Safe Haven law, which means that mothers can anonymously give up their babies at different locations without fear of arrest, but it doesn’t mean all women feel they can use it. Last year a newborn baby was found abandoned on a changing table at an Arizona airport with a note that read “my mom had no idea she was pregnant, she is unable and unfit to take care of me,” and the year before that a newborn was found abandoned in a grocery store parking lot in the state.

Amazon said in a statement to AZ Central, “This is a terribly sad and tragic incident and we’re providing on-site counseling support as needed as the safety and wellness of our team continues to be our top priority.”

Vivier currently faces one count of unlawful disposal of human remains.

Pop Culture Reporter, Jezebel

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DISCUSSION

I’m sure this woman was terrified/ in a state of shock. And it’s certainly not possible to rationally prepare for this type of situation. But I delivered a seemingly dead blue baby on the bathroom floor two months ago, 7 weeks ahead of my due date. She basically just fell out of me after getting up to go to the bathroom.

At the time, I would have bet any money that there was no hope for her. She just seemed so.. dead. The EMTs arrived quickly and rushed her out of the house. It was twins, so I’d already a bit mentally prepared myself that we’d only have one baby. So it was very surprising when I arrived at the hospital about an hour later (they wanted to stabilize me before transport) and the baby was fine! Breathing on her own, not blue. Sure, she spent some time in the NICU but she appears to have no brain damage or issues at all.

I hope there are no charges for this woman. But I also hope other people in her situation will call 911 and try to get help.