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Portsmouth Police make arrest in baby death investigation

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Posted at 11:11 PM, Jan 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-29 08:19:30-05
Donita M. Hawkins

Donita M. Hawkins

Portsmouth, Va. – Portsmouth Police have arrested the mother of an infant who died Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday at 2:40 p.m., dispatch received a call about a woman who was in labor.

When medics arrived, the woman was not cooperative, so she was sent to a local hospital to be assessed by medical staff.

Shortly after arriving, the mother presented medical staff a plastic bag containing an unresponsive newborn baby boy.

The baby was pronounced dead at the hospital that same day.

After a complete investigation, detectives arrested 40-year-old Donita M. Hawkins of Portsmouth.

Hawkins has been charged with Second Degree Murder.

She is currently being held in the Portsmouth City Jail.