Mother tells police how she wrapped newborn in plastic, put him in trash

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Jessica Cruz. Photo credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office

Jessica Cruz. Photo credit: Cook County Sheriff’s Office

On the second day of trial for a woman accused in the death of her newborn, a video was played for the jury in which the woman described her actions to police.

Jessica Cruz, who is charged with murder and concealment of a homicide, was 19 at the time of her arrest in 2011, the Chicago Tribune reports.

In the video, which was played in Cook County’s Rolling Meadows branch court Wednesday, Cruz says she didn’t know she was going to go into labor that morning until she started feeling sick.

“I felt a sharp pain and then there was a lot of blood,” she said in the videotaped statement.

Cruz gave birth inside the bathroom at a Streamwood resale shop, and didn’t take the time to determine the gender of the child. She said she was panicked because she had hidden the pregnancy from her mother, who was waiting for her outside.+

Two Streamwood police detectives, Miguel Cabrales and Juan Carrillo, conducted the interrogation in Spanish as Cruz wept and repeated her fear that her mother would find out, the Tribune reports. In response to their questions, Cruz said she never heard the baby cry and didn’t remember tying the bag around his neck before placing it in the trash basket.

According to the Chicago Tribune, defense attorneys tried to show that Cabrales and Carrillo persuaded a desperate Cruz to make the statement by using terms of endearment such as “sweetheart” and “love” and letting her see her daughter, who was then 18 months old.

Store employees later found the infant in the garbage and called police. The Tribune reports that witnesses and video surveillance from a nearby convenience store led police to Cruz.

Prosecutors charged that Cruz murdered the baby by tying the bag tightly around his neck and strangling him, leaving him to die in the trash can because she didn’t want him.

If convicted, Cruz could face life in prison.

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15 comments

    • Nina

      How is this “another reason to secure our borders?” What does this case have to do with border control? 😒 Ignorant people always want to bring race into everything.

  • A. RAMOS

    OMG HOW CAN SOMEONE HURT A BABY. NOT ONLY BABIES EVEN TODDLERS. THEY SHOULD KILL THEM! POOR BABY. PPL THAT WANT KIDS CANT HAVE THEM AND WOULD BE WONDERFUL PARENTS. AND THE ONES THAT HAVE THEM AND DONT WANT THEM KILL THEM, INSTEAD OF GIVING THEM AWAY!

  • happy camper

    Oh gosh here we go with the comments in regards to race. You people are so ignorant! The fact of the matter is that this human being discarded of her baby like a piece of garbage. I don’t care if the person was white, black, Hispanic, Asian, middle eastern or whatever! This is sick! John Wayne Gacey was white, Jeffrey Dahmer (white) should we start kicking whites out of America? That’s so stupid! You can’t judge a group of people by one person’s disgusting actions.

  • Alison

    Are you fucking kidding me?? Listen people, I am ALL FOR boarder patrol just as much as the next person, BUT… This article has absolutely NOTHING tondo with that topic!!! What the hell is wrong with you idiots even bringing that topic up?

  • NJV28

    Only Mexican makes crimes? How ignorant and stupid you sound…. were you raised by parents or did you kill them like the rest of these retarded white fucks 

  • The public sucks

    If there’s one group of people on this planet that deserves to be punished, it’s the uneducated ignorant trash who get emotional over a baby dying.

    Yes, let’s put the poor, uneducated little girl with a crappy family in jail for life. Yep, that is going to solve all our problems. Meanwhile, all the real psychopaths continue to cut a swath through humanity and get away with it.

    This girl is far less evil than any number of cops who have abused their power in any way shape or form (because they have the power to kill you) and yet they rarely go to jail.

    What the state should do is pay this girl $100K and apologize to her for the crappy public school she attends, which clearly didn’t do their job.

    Oh wait, that’s right. Nobody in the system gets punished. No, only the tax payers and poor people.