A 28-year-old woman is facing murder charges for allegedly killing her newborn after placing the child into the garbage, according to authorities.
Nausheen Rahman was indicted Friday on charges including murder in the second degree and concealment of a human corpse.
According to prosecutors, Rahman gave birth to a girl on or about March 11 inside her Staten Island home on Richmond Hill Road. She allegedly then cut the baby’s umbilical cord, put the infant in a plastic bag and placed the bag into a trash bin outside the home — ultimately causing the baby's death.
Rahman’s parents took her to Staten Island University Hospital-North for vaginal bleeding, authorities said.
Rahman initially denied giving birth to the infant. But after further investigation, she admitted she gave birth to the child and placed her in the trash.
She pleaded not guilty and was ordered to be jailed, according to prosecutors.
“The victim in this case is an innocent newborn who was allegedly left by her mother to die in the trash. We will vigorously prosecute this case,” said Staten Island District Attorney Michael E. McMahon. “I want to remind the public that under the state’s Safe Haven law, a baby up to 30 days old can be left with any responsible person at a hospital, police precinct or firehouse.”