Woman charged with manslaughter after newborn found in garbage bin

A Winnipeg woman is accused of putting her newborn daughter in a garbage bin in a back lane, where the infant was found dead in May, police say.

Jeanene Rosa Moar, 31, is charged with manslaughter and concealing the body of a child.

Child abuse unit investigators allege the baby was born at a home in Winnipeg’s Garden City neighbourhood and then concealed in a garbage bin.

They believe the infant was alive when she was placed in the bin, Winnipeg Police Service Const. Claude Chancy said at a news conference Wednesday about what he referred to as a “sombre” incident.

“We’re talking about an infant. This is somebody that was born and discarded, [and] has no chance of living a fulfilling life,” Chancy said.

“So it’s extremely traumatic for the family. It’s extremely traumatic for the community at large. It’s traumatic for the first responders that also attended to this event.… This is not common and we’re all feeling this as a whole.”

Police were told on May 3 that a newborn had been placed in a garbage bin on Boyd Avenue in the Salter Street area, south of the neighbourhood where investigators believe the baby was born.

When officers arrived, they found the infant’s body. Chancy said he could not say who told the police about the body or how long they believe it was there.

Through an investigation that included questioning witnesses, Moar was identified as the infant’s mother and arrested at a home near where the body was discovered, Chancy said. She was taken to hospital and admitted for medical precautions.

The child abuse unit investigated and on May 10, investigators arrested Moar without incident, police said.

Moar was rearrested on June 7 at the Women’s Correctional Centre in Headingley, where she was being held, and charged.

Moar remains in custody.

Police are calling the infant Baby Moar.

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