Woman charged in death of newborn

Crowell-TonishaThe Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office reported 29-year-old Tonisha Lache Crowell of Fort Walton Beach was taken to the jail in Crestview at about 1 a.m., March 1. She is charged with murder and aggravated child abuse.

According to sheriff’s office reports, deputies recovered a seven-pound baby girl in a white garbage bag near the suspect’s residence at about 7 p.m., Feb. 26. The child was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in an effort to save her life, but she was pronounced dead at 8 p.m.

Doctors believe the baby was born at about 3 p.m., and she was subjected to temperatures below 50 degrees for up to four hours before being discovered. Doctors said the infant also suffered blood loss due to an unclamped or untied umbilical cord.

Read more in the March 6  issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online.

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