A woman accused of trying to kill her newborn baby told a police investigator that she didn't know she was pregnant when she delivered the baby girl in her bathroom
Sept. 23, the detective testified Monday.
Kimberly Vick Fisher, 30, told police she went to the computer room to get a pair of scissors, using them to cut the baby's umbilical cord, Hampton police detective Kim Harrison testified at a bond hearing. Then Fisher pulled out the placenta.
"She said she was in a panicked state, and went to the kitchen and placed the baby in a bag," and tied it up
, Harrison testified. Fisher then "said she proceeded to take the baby outside and placed her in a wooded area," Harrison said.
Fisher told Harrison she never "looked to see the sex" of the baby, "never checked the baby's airway," and "never heard the baby cry or make any movements,"
But, Harrison added, Fisher knew "there was a possibility that the baby was alive."
Harrison said Fisher told her she opened a back window, then the back door, "to see if she could hear the baby crying."
Neighbors said the bag — with towels wrapping the baby inside — was about five feet from the edge of the backyard. It was not immediately clear from Monday's testimony what time the baby had been placed in the bag the day before — or how the baby was able to survive when Fisher said she had tied up the bag.
At the hearing, Judge Robert B. Wilson V of the Hampton Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court denied bond
for Fisher, ordering she be held on the attempted murder charge pending a preliminary hearing Nov. 12. "It's appropriate to continue to hold her," Wilson said.
In arguing for a bond, Clancy said there was no evidence to show Fisher was a danger to herself or others, and no evidence that she wouldn't show up for her later court dates. "Certainly I can understand why everyone is aghast by this case," Clancy said. "The allegations are certainly horrendous." But, he added, "she's entitled to a reasonable bond."
He pointed to a "safety plan" — drawn up by Hampton's Department of Human Services — in which Fisher would live with her father, Norman Vick, a Norfolk pastor. Also under the plan, Fisher would be barred from seeing her 20-month-old child, though she could talk to that child by phone.
In other court testimony Monday, a worker from Hampton Department of Social Services said the baby was discharged from the hospital Friday and placed in a foster home. It was unclear if the child has yet been named.
When Kimberly Fisher was first interviewed by police, she "denied any knowledge of the baby," Harrison testified. But in an interview later that night, Fisher admitted delivering the baby, adding that neither she nor her husband knew
she had been pregnant, Harrison said.
Harrison said Fisher delivered the baby after getting sick and vomiting, and having what she thought was her menstrual period. When her husband got home from work, "he helped her clean up the blood" from the labor, but she didn't tell him about the delivery
, Harrison said.