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Long Island woman indicted after newborn found dead in trash

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A Long Island woman is facing murder charges after being indicted in connection with the death of her newborn after the baby’s lifeless body was found in the trash, Suffolk County prosecutors said March 4.

Santos Elena Ruiz Solano, 26, of Central Islip, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder charges after appearing before Judge Stephen Braslow at the Suffolk County Court in Riverhead.

Homicide detectives said she gave birth last month in the West Islip home where she works as a live-in housekeeper. Citing autopsy results, prosecutors allege the baby girl was born alive and died from “blunt impact injuries of the head.”

“Her first story to detectives was that she wasn’t pregnant and did not give birth,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “…then she changed her story and claimed she had delivered the baby on her own but that the baby was born dead.”

Solan was arrested on Feb. 20 after showing up at a Long Island hospital for complications related to the birth, officials said. Hospital staff called the police and authorities found the baby’s body in a plastic bag inside a garbage can.

Solano was ordered held without bail after her arraignment Wednesday morning.

Her attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He previously told reporters the child was stillborn and that his client was sexually assaulted while en route to the United States about six months ago.

The Associated Press reported Solano illegally immigrated to the United States from Honduras.

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