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Mom charged with hiding dead baby

| Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002

A Lawrence County woman who allegedly hid her dead baby in a shoebox inside her home for two to three months faces seven years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Amy Page, 32, of New Castle, was arraigned Monday on charges of abuse of a corpse and concealing the death of a child. She was released on her own recognizance. Both charges are misdemeanors and carry a penalty of up to seven years in prison, along with the fine.

Page's husband, Freddie, 45, isn't so sure jail is the best place for his wife of 15 years.

"I think she obviously needs some help and what kind of help would be up to the authorities," he said. "But I do not think that going to jail will help her or anyone else."

But Lawrence County District Attorney Matt Mangino said, "We have a responsibility to enforce the rules of the Commonwealth."

Freddie Page said he had been unaware of his wife's pregnancy. The couple have two children.

The baby was discovered Nov. 24 after police responded to a call regarding a disturbance at Page's home along Park Avenue in New Castle, Lawrence County District Attorney Matt Mangino said.

Because the baby was in a severely decomposed state by the time police found it, an autopsy could not determine whether the baby was stillborn or died after birth, Mangino said.

Mangino said law enforcement officials have concluded that the baby, which they estimate was born in either late August or September, was Page's.

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