A mother who left a newborn with an inexperienced sitter has been arrested after the 10-week-old girl was found dead, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
The mother, Rachel E. Kilburn, 29, of Cutshin, as well as her boyfriend, Johnathon L. Haynes, 32, of London, were arrested after the baby was found dead at a Laurel County home about 10 p.m. Monday.
Sgt. Chuck Johnson and Deputy Kirk Mays found the child after a 911 call was made reporting a dead baby. Johnson and Mays tried to resuscitate the baby, but the child didn't respond.
Although the couple claimed they had left the baby with the boyfriend's brother while they went to a Tennessee hospital to see the woman's other child — whom they said had been critically injured in a motorcycle crash — the story wasn't true and the couple had been "partying" for two days, Root said.
Kilburn was arrested and charged with felony abandonment of a minor. Haynes was arrested for charges including driving under the influence and for a parole violation, according to the Laurel County Corrections Center.
Both were jailed in Laurel County.
For more on this story, see Wednesday's edition of the Times-Tribune.
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