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Police: Baby dies after being born to Clearwater woman who had just smoked crack

The baby of 24-year-old Katrina Kegelman, who police said gave birth to him moments after smoking crack, died Friday at St. Joseph's Hospital, according to Clearwater police. [Pinellas County Jail]

The baby of 24-year-old Katrina Kegelman, who police said gave birth to him moments after smoking crack, died Friday at St. Joseph's Hospital, according to Clearwater police. [Pinellas County Jail]

CLEARWATER — The baby of a mother who police said gave birth to him moments after smoking crack died Friday at St. Joseph's Hospital, according to police.

The infant was hospitalized April 6 after his mother, 24-year-old Katrina Kegelman, gave birth to him in the back patio of a home, then hid him in the back yard. She initially refused to tell Clearwater firefighters who responded to the house where the baby was, then eventually pointed to the back yard.

She later told police she knew she had given birth but lied because she feared she would be arrested for "having smoked crack moments before giving birth," according to her arrest report.

Police arrested her on a child neglect charge. Clearwater police spokesman Rob Shaw said he doesn't know if she will face additional charges in light of the baby's death.

"It will take more investigation and analysis of the autopsy before that can be determined," he said.

Police: Baby dies after being born to Clearwater woman who had just smoked crack 04/19/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 9:24am]
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