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Attorney for Bloomfield woman: Law says stillborn not a corpse

| Friday, May 25, 2007, 12:00 p.m.

A Bloomfield woman who put her miscarried fetus in her freezer was ordered Thursday to stand trial for abuse of a corpse, a decision her attorney said contradicts established state law that a stillborn fetus is not a corpse.

Christine Hutchinson, who lives in the 4800 block of Liberty Avenue, had the miscarriage 15 to 20 weeks into her pregnancy, wrapped the fetus in two bags and put it in a beer carton in her freezer April 22. She didn't call for medical help or other assistance.

District Judge Oscar Petite also ordered Hutchinson, 22, to stand trial on a charge of concealing the death of a child. The charge was added by prosecutors just before the preliminary hearing.

Petite then lowered Hutchinson's $500,000 bond, allowing her to post bail and get out of jail to await trial.

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