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911 tape indicates mom didn't know daughter was pregnant

Deanna Hammond had a baby in November Deanna Hammond had a baby in November

The mother of an infant found dead in an East Albany garbage can over the weekend is now charged in that case.

20-year-old Deanna Hammond was arrested Tuesday night and charged with concealing a death, and abandonment of a dead body.

The infant was found by EMT's called to the Collins Street home to assist Hammond.

This case is still under investigation and more charges could be filed. We know a little bit more about this story from the 911 call Hammond's mother made early Saturday morning. 

The call for help came in to 911 from the Collins Street home around 4:00 Saturday morning.

"My daughter's in the shower she's bleeding real heavy, and she's getting light headed she's about to pass out," said Deanna's mother.

You can hear chaos in the background as the 911 operator tries to find out what's happening.

"Ma'am what's all the hollering for?"

"She's going into shock," said the mother.

The dispatcher questions if Hammond is pregnant.

"She says she isn't. I don't know ma'am, I really don't know, I can't say. I know she gave birth in November in Tallahassee."

It was a call from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital to 911 that made it clear Hammond was.

"She delivered a baby at home, the baby's in a trash can behind the house, okay, so we need an officer up here as soon as possible please," said a Phoebe employee to the 911 operator.

District Attorney Greg Edwards told us investigators believe it was 20-year-old Deanna Hammond who put her infant in the garbage can outside her home.

 "That's what the preliminary information seems to be and what is the basis for these charges," said D. A. Greg Edwards.

The Child Death Investigation Team is still waiting on autopsy results from the new born infant. A group of doctors are collaborating to determine if the newborn ever took a breath. Edwards reminds mothers of Georgia's safe haven law.

"The child can be presented to various institutions as identified by the safe haven law without questions up until the child is seven days old," Edwards said. 

He hopes others will keep that in mind to avoid another situation like this. Investigators say it will take some time for the peer review of the infants death to be completed. They wouldn't say today if anyone else could be charged in the crime.

Deanna Hammond's bail was set at $5,000, but she had not posted it.

 

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