Fountain, FL – Stephanie Collins is 26; she and her 9-year-old son live with her parents. She found out earlier this year that she was pregnant and was unenthused at the notion of having another child. However, she’d had an abortion before and didn’t care to repeat the experience. So Stephanie came up with a plan. And this past weekend, Stephanie’s mother went out behind the house to take out the trash. When she opened the garbage can, she found the dead body of the grandbaby she didn’t even know she had.
What Stephanie Collins did upon discovering the impending arrival of an unwanted child was attempt to hide her pregnancy from everyone around her, a feat she managed successfully. And so, when the time came, she took herself into the bathroom and delivered what seems to be a perfectly healthy baby.
Like other states, Florida has a Safe Haven law. In fact, in comparison to laws in other states, Florida’s is quite generous. In Florida, you have seven days to take a newborn to any hospital, fire station, or EMS station and leave that infant without having any questions asked.
According to investigators, Stephanie Collins admitted that she was aware of her state’s Safe Haven law, and she admitted that she contemplated making use of the leeway provided by this law. However, when she got right down to it, she decided, nah, she’d go ahead with her original “plan.” So she killed her baby (by smothering it), put it in a plastic bag, and threw it in the trash.
And so, some hours later, Stephanie’s mother found the corpse of the little one and rushed it and her daughter to the hospital. Of course, the baby was pronounced dead on arrival. Stephanie Collins was released from the hospital Monday and was taken into custody. She is being charged with murder.Tags: Child Murder, Florida, Infanticide, Smothering