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Milford mother charged with manslaughter in baby’s death
MILFORD -- A mother who told police she threw her stillborn baby in the trash was arrested today after a grand jury indicted her on manslaughter and other charges when authorities alleged the child was born alive.
Allissa Pugh, 28, turned herself in last January after her baby was found by trash collectors, but she told investigators that it had been stillborn. Authorities provided few details about the case at an afternoon press conference, saying only that the baby died from injuries it suffered during birth.
"The baby was alive during birth," said District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., who declined to answer specific questions.
The father of the child, who police did not identify, was not charged with a crime. Pugh is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning in Worcester Superior Court. She is also charged with improper disposal of a body and could face a maximum of 23 years in prison if convicted on both counts.
Two trash collectors discovered the body of a baby in the back of their truck on Jan. 6 as they gathered garbage on Purchase Street. The collectors had been to about 10 houses that Saturday morning and were about to compact the load when they spotted the body. The next day, two people who said they were the baby’s parents turned themselves in to Milford police.