Alison Yisel Sanchez Valdez, 23, has been arrested for allegedly murdering her newborn son (Picture: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)
A mother allegedly murdered her newborn boy and wrapped his body in a towel and hid him in the bathroom vanity. A year-and-a-half later, Alison Yisel Sanchez Valdez, 23, has been arrested in connection with the death.
The crime occurred on October 11, 2019, when Phoenix firefighters responded to a medical emergency at a home near 35th Avenue and McDowell Road.
‘When firefighters arrived there, they did locate a young woman at the time that was bleeding profusely’, said Phoenix Police Department Sgt Mercedes Fortune, according to Fox 10.
Sanchez Valdez, who was 21 years old at the time, was first found by her family members in the bathroom.
She was transported to a nearby hospital, where doctors asked if she had been pregnant. She responded that she had not been.
Phoenix police were later called to investigate Sanchez Valdez’s home.
‘They were able to find that baby, and they found that the baby was deceased’, Fortune said. ‘Was the baby alive when the baby was born? Those are things that need to be looked at, and those are things that have to be addressed and assessed, and based on the facts and evidence that’s collected by the Medical Examiner’s Office, that’s what’s needed to move forward with a case like this’.
Investigators believe that Sanchez Valdez gave birth to the boy on her own and that she wrapped him in a towel and stowed him in the bathroom vanity. Investigators suspect that she murdered her newborn.
Sanchez Valdez was arrested on Thursday, after an 18-month-long investigation by police. She is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse and her bond has been set at $500,000. She is expected to appear in court on Friday.
Fortune said mothers should be aware that safe havens exist for those who do not want to raise their children.
‘Those locations are at fire stations, there are hospitals’, Fortune said. ‘There’s different locations throughout the city that you can be able to find and search for’.
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