A woman accused of killing a pregnant Pasco mother was frantic and in the midst of an apparent crisis when police found her in the back seat of a car holding a newborn
, a Kennewick detective said today.
As paramedics and police tended to the baby who was not breathing, Phiengchai Sisouvanh Synhavong was heard inside the car asking if her baby was OK
“She was very frantic, excited, seemed like she was in a crisis of some kind,” Kennewick police Detective Ryan Kelly said about that night in June 2008.
Kelly said after noticing blood both inside and outside the car, and an extreme amount of condensation on the interior windshield that appeared to have been wiped away, he asked Sisouvanh Synhavong if anyone else was with her.
Her voice was high and panicky when she replied that her husband wasn’t there, he said.
The baby boy left in an ambulance for Kennewick General Hospital, followed by a second ambulance carrying Sisouvanh Synhavong.
Unaware that they were then dealing with a crime scene, officers made sure the car parked in front of WorkSource was locked and drove off, either for the hospital or other late-night emergency calls.
“At the time she left in the ambulance, did you have any reason to believe she had not given birth?” asked Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller.
“No, I did not,” Kelly responded.
“Initially I was thinking there might have been a friend of hers that she was trying to protect, maybe the friend was using drugs,” Brooks testified today. “I didn’t know. I was thinking hundreds of scenarios in my mind … because it didn’t make sense to me.”
Kelly then joined the doctor inside the exam room.
“I had asked her about the mother of the child and asked if the person was OK,” Kelly said. “She said she didn’t think so, and she said that she was in Columbia Park.”
That’s when Kelly learned a crime may have been committed and read Sisouvanh Synhavong her constitutional rights before further questioning her.