Police arrested an Indiana woman who they say murdered her newborn son after giving birth to him in her college dorm room’s bathtub.
Authorities responding to a 911 call made by former Manchester University student Mikayla Munn, 21, about 11:30 p.m. March 8, arrived at her dorm room to find she had given birth, police said.
Both Munn and her newborn son, who was not breathing, were still in a bathtub in the dorm when first responders arrived.
The pair was rushed to a local hospital, where the baby was pronounced dead and Munn was treated for the after effects of giving birth, officials said.
“Due to inconsistent information, as it related to the evidence,” detectives began investigating the infant’s death and developed enough probable cause for an arrest warrant to be issued for Munn, state police said in a statement Monday.
Details of what the investigation revealed have not been released.
Munn was arrested at her Elkhart home and charged with murder and neglect of a child causing death. She was being held at the Elkhart County Corrections Complex on Tuesday.
Munn left school not long after the child’s death, a spokeswoman for the university said, according to the New York Daily News.
Manchester University President Dave McFadden asked that people not jump to conclusions about Munn’s charges until the courts decide her fate.
“I encourage you to keep all involved in your thoughts and prayers,” McFadden said to The Elkhart Truth. “It is important that we reach out and support each other in this difficult time.”
According to her social media accounts, Munn was originally from California and was once a member of the university’s volleyball team. She studied physical education and health, according to her Facebook page.
Munn also served as a resident assistant for a 30-student hall at the school, where she was expected to enforce and uphold university policies while she counseled peers on personal, academic and career concerns, her LinkedIn page said.
She also served on a Relay for Life committee, worked as a student teacher and volunteered as a coach in the Special Olympics, the page said.