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Woman may have tried to conceal newborn

SANDY — Police screened evidence with the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office Wednesday in connection with a woman who investigators say may have tried to conceal the birth of her baby.

The baby was discovered about 11:10 p.m. Sunday when police and fire officers responded to a call about an 18-year-old woman bleeding at an apartment near 9400 South and 800 West, Sandy Police Sgt. Michelle Burnette said.

The mother said she was bleeding from a cyst, but medical personnel didn't believe her.

"The medical people, when they were treating her, could see signs of childbirth," said Burnette. "The fire department found (the baby) in the bathroom."

Medical personnel believe the baby was born that day. The umbilical cord had been detached from the mother but still was connected to the child. The baby hadn't been cleaned, and his mouth had not been suctioned, Burnette said.

"The baby was not OK. It was not responsive. They had to do CPR," Burnette said.

The mother and baby were transported to Alta View Hospital. Then the baby was airlifted to Primary Children's Medical Center and listed in critical condition Wednesday morning, Burnette said.