Charges filed in death of baby who was drowned 2 years ago
HASTINGS, Minn. — A 21-year-old Coon Rapids woman was charged Thursday with murder and manslaughter, two years after she allegedly gave birth to a baby girl in a bathtub, drowned the newborn, and then threw the body away.
Prosecutors charged Samantha Ann Heiges in the May 2005 death of her baby, whose body was never recovered.
Heiges’ then-boyfriend, 23-year-old Erik Ryan Matlock, of Blaine, was also charged with aiding an offender involved in second-degree murder by destroying or concealing evidence.
They were both in custody Thursday and awaiting an initial court appearance, so they could not be reached for comment.
Authorities said an adult male contacted Burnsville police earlier this year and reported that Heiges had told him about the baby’s death.
Heiges then allegedly told police that early on May 5, 2005, she gave birth to a baby girl in the bathtub of a Burnsville apartment she shared with Matlock. Heiges told police that Matlock was abusive, and that he told her to get rid of the baby or he would kill Heiges and the infant, according to a news release from the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.
Heiges allegedly told police that she held the baby under water and the girl died. Heiges said she then placed the body in a shoebox lined with towels and that two days later, Matlock told her they were going to throw the baby’s body down the apartment’s garbage chute — which they did.
Matlock, 23, told police he never threatened to kill Heiges or the baby and that Heiges refused to tell him what happened. Matlock told police he never saw the baby after the birth and wasn’t involved in putting the body down the garbage chute, prosecutors said.
Matlock was the baby’s father, prosecutors said.