University of Illinois student charged with murdering her newborn in dorm

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URBANA, Ill.  — A University of Illinois student faces murder charges after authorities say she suffocated her newborn baby after giving birth in a residence hall bathroom last month.

Police say officers found 20-year-old Lindsay L. Johnson of Monee near the campus Music Building on March 13 wearing a backpack with the deceased newborn inside. Officers went looking for her after responding to a call earlier in the day from another student at the dorm who reported sounds of a baby crying and that Johnson was in the bathroom for a long time.

Johnson was charged Monday with first-degree murder and other charges. She was arraigned Tuesday, when The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports she waived her right to a probable cause hearing and her parents posted bond.

She is next due in court May 3.


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