The day after Christmas, police were called to a Kansas home where the newborn child was reportedly deceased, says police officials. Earlier this week, the newborn's 19-year-old mother was arrested for one count of first degree murder.
Marissa Fields, a student at Wichita State University, was arrested and released Tuesday after she posted a $100,000 bond, in accordance with court case records.
On Dec. 26, a relative called Olathe Police Department and reported the newborn's death, a spokesman for the department sayu. Fields told police that she "had given birth to a baby."
"She is going to plead not guilty," her defense attorney Carl Cornwell says. She's supposed to attend a court on August 20. "Say some prayers for her," Cornwell adds.
For now, few details have been released regarding the baby's death. "I'm just now getting the investigating file. I'm going to look at it, talk with the family, calm everything down and take a close look at what's going on here," Cornwell says.
Fields, who was a student since last year, was enrolled for the fall semester, a university spokesman says.