Suspect Is Traced in Infanticide Aboard Jetliner
A stockbroker’s assistant who allegedly gave birth in the lavatory of a jetliner in Kansas City and dumped the infant’s body in a trash bin will be arrested and returned to Missouri this week to face murder charges, authorities said Sunday.
The woman, whose identity was not disclosed pending her arrest and arraignment, was charged Saturday in Platte County, Mo., with second-degree murder in the death of her infant daughter.
The six-pound girl was purportedly born Tuesday in the restroom of an Eastern Airlines jet during a stopover at Kansas City International Airport on a flight from San Francisco to Miami. The child’s body was found in a trash bin in a bathroom at Miami International Airport on Wednesday, authorities said.
Police in Miami found the woman Friday after interviewing passengers and crew members on Eastern Flight 66.
“She apparently has been cooperative with Florida officials and will be picked up some time this week,” Kansas City Police Sgt. Marilyn Fortman said.
“She gave birth to the baby while the plane was on the ground at Kansas City International Airport, and that gives Platte County jurisdiction,” Platte County Prosecuting Atty. Vic Peters said.
The woman apparently hid the infant inside her sweater until the airplane landed in Miami, authorities said.