Tennessee mom accused of murdering newborn baby

Stephanie Brown
Stephanie Brown

KODAK, Tenn. (WATE) – An East Tennessee mom was arrested after the death of her newborn.

Sevier County Sheriff’s Department says Stephanie Brown, 24, delivered her daughter at her boyfriend’s Mutton Hollow Road residence in Kodak, Tennessee, on Jan. 14.

Investigators say Brown admitted to placing her hand over the infant’s mouth and nose for several minutes. The newborn had trouble breathing.

The action was to kill the infant, according to the report.

Brown took her daughter to LeConte Medical Center. The infant was determined dead by hospital employees, according to the report.

The Knox County Regional Forensic Center believes the infant was alive at the time of birth. The report goes on to say the newborn did not die of natural causes.

According to investigators, Brown carried the infant between 37 and 40 weeks.

Investigators say Brown was questioned on Wednesday and now faces charges for murder. She is at the Sevier County jail on $1 million bond.

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