OLATHE, Kan. — A 19-year-old college student faces a first-degree murder charge after her infant daughter was found dead in a box inside the garage of their Olathe home.
Marissa Carol Fields’ father reportedly found the baby in the box in December.
Olathe Police say Fields admitted giving birth to the baby last year.
“Police were called, people talked, autopsy is done they maintain the baby was born alive,” said Carl Cornwell, Fields’ attorney. “She cries a lot and she’s just in an emotional upheaval,” he said.
Fields is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated abandonment of a child in connection to the case.
“If you have an unwanted child you can drop it off at the hospital or a fire station, so there are many opportunities for people to have an unwanted child be taken care of by someone else,” said Stephen Howe, Johnson County Prosecutor.
Cornwell says the case is a journey of 1,000 miles and says they moved about six inches on Tuesday.
People who know the Wichita State College student say she’s a smart girl who wants to be a nurse.
The charge of killing her infant had neighbor Nick Pelaccio feeling the teen was afraid and didn’t have a support system.
“I think she just didn’t know what to do and has no one to turn to,” said Pelaccio. “I don’t know why else you would do that unless you didn’t know what to do with the baby.”
Fields’ bond was set at $100,000 and she’s expected back in court on August 20.