SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -
Anitra Hicks, 18, was indicted on charges in connection with throwing her newborn baby in the trash. She said she didn't hurt her baby and didn't even know she was pregnant.
Hicks' parents were staying by her side on Wednesday as the news came of the grand jury's indictment. Hicks has now been indicted on six counts, including murder, two counts of felony murder, first degree cruelty to a child, contributing to the deprivation of a minor and concealing the death of the baby.
Hicks insists she didn't know she was pregnant.
"She gave birth to her baby and she thought she was having a bowel movement. The baby came out in the toilet. She didn't know she was pregnant. We didn't know she was pregnant," said Patricia Hicks.
Hicks said she was alone in the bathroom when she had the baby and it fell into the water. According to the indictment, she drowned the baby, but Hicks says she never hurt her child and was in disbelief.
"I feel that my child was shocked. She was traumatized. She panicked," Patricia Hicks said.
Patricia Hicks said her daughter weighs 115 pounds, but never showed any signs of pregnancy.
"My child had a period. The whole time she never stopped having one. There was no way she knew she was pregnant. My child did not start dressing differently," Patricia Hicks said.
The family is now preparing for Hicks' arrest. They say she is trying to remain positive.
"She said, 'Mama, I don't care what people say about me. I know I'm true with God. I'm true with myself. I know I did not do anything to harm my baby,'" Patricia Hicks said.
The Chatham County Sheriff's Office said they will not arrest Hicks until they get official paperwork. They expect that on Thursday or Friday.