Newborn delivered as Windber mother died from gunshot wound
The baby of a homicide victim who clung to life for nearly three hours was successfully delivered on Saturday at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown.
Jeffrey Lees, Cambria County chief deputy coroner, said resuscitative measures were performed on Caressa Kovalcik, 23, while her baby was delivered through an emergency Cesarean section.
Kovalcik was shot about 6:50 p.m. Saturday by her boyfriend, Denver Roy Alan Blough, 25, at their Windber apartment, said state and borough police.
Once delivered, “the baby then was transferred by medical helicopter to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh,” Lees said on Tuesday.
“(Kovalcik) was then taken to an operating room where she passed away at 9:45 p.m.,” he said.
Lees said an autopsy performed on Sunday confirmed Kovalcik died from a gunshot wound of the head. He has ruled the death a homicide.
Lees did not know the medical condition of the baby. A spokesman at Children's Hospital could not be reached.
Blough was arraigned early Sunday before District Judge Susan Mankamyer and is being held in the Somerset County Jail without bail.
The couple lived on 19th Street with their 11-month-old son. Police did not say if the boy was at home when his mother was shot.
In addition to homicide, police charged Blough with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 11 before District Judge William Seger.
Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or email@example.com.
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