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Milford mother charged in death of infant found in garbage truck

Posted by Ralph Ranalli June 20, 2007 09:28 AM


A 28-year-old mother accused of killing her newborn son and dumping his body in the trash was arrested yesterday following a five-month investigation.

Allissa Pugh surrendered to authorities in January after trash collectors found her baby in a bag they had loaded into their truck in the Purchase Street neighborhood. She told investigators the baby was stillborn.

But a medical examiner's report indicates the child died from injuries sustained "around the time of birth," Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said in a statement yesterday.

Authorities provided few details about the case at an afternoon news conference at the Milford police station. They would say only that the baby was born at home on Jan. 2 and later placed in a trash bag.

"The baby was alive during birth," Early said. He declined to answer questions about what happened between the baby's birth and the discovery of the body several days later.

A Worcester County grand jury indictment was issued before the arrest yesterday, charging Pugh with involuntary manslaughter and improper disposal of a body. She was taken into custody at the Milford home of her father, whom police did not identify.

Pugh, who lives with a boyfriend and her 8-year-old son, is scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Worcester Superior Court. She could face 23 years in prison if convicted on both counts, Early said.

Read more about the arrest.

-- Kyle Alspach

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