When my wife gave birth, it hurt so bad that the doctors stuck a needle in her back, pumped her full of painkillers and did a cesarean.
I can’t imagine her locking herself in her room and giving birth alone without some intense, blood-curdling screaming going on.
There are women who gut it out, though – and apparently 19-year-old Kathryn McCoy, who belongs to some new breed of super-powered female, did just that.
Kathryn McCoy, called “Katie” by her friends, had what appeared to be a great future ahead of her.
Back in Plainfield High School, administrators remember her as an excelled student who was active in school activities. She was the captain of the girls’ golf team. She played tennis. She was a member of the National Honor Society.
Kathryn McCoy was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the French Club, the Spanish Club, the Key Club, the Octagon Club (huh?) and a member of the Student Council.
Accepted to Bellarmine University in Kentucky with a golf scholarship, the sophomore had just competed in a golf tournament on the 6th of October, 2007 and was doing well in her classes.
So why did she kill her baby girl?
It’s not like this kind of thing is new, or unheard of, or hasn’t happened before. The FBI estimates that at least 5 babies die every week – after either being murdered or abandoned and left to die by their parents.
Women have been dumping their babies for quite some time now, long enough for many states to enact ‘safe haven’ laws – laws which allow women to drop off an infant who is less than 45 days old at any emergency medical services provider, like a hospital or a police station or a fire station, with no questions asked. Indiana has had such a law since the year 2000. The mother’s identity is kept secret, and she can’t be prosecuted for child abandonment or child neglect as long as the baby is unharmed.
Kentucky, the state that Kathryn McCoy was a student in, has the same kind of law.
So. Why did she kill her baby girl?
Kathryn hid her pregnancy from everyone until late at night on the 23rd of October, 2007, when she went into labor.
After locking herself into her dorm room bathroom for an hour and a half worth of labor, Kathryn McCoy’s baby girl saw the world for a split second before falling head-first into Kathryn’s toilet.
The tiny, helpless, infant girl was left in the toilet where her mother let her fall until she drowned.
After knocking briefly on the bathroom door, Kathryn asked her roommate for a garbage bag, which she received.
With the dead baby girl in the garbage bag, Kathryn wandered about 50 feet down the dorm hall and put her daughter in a conveniently-located trash can.
Her roommate, who was slightly suspicious of Kathryn at this point, managed to get a look at what Kathryn had disposed of so surreptitiously. When the roommate realized Kathryn had disposed of a dead baby – which was clearly against dorm rules – she pulled the garbage bag holding the baby out of the trash, and brought it all back to the room.
I mean hey – free baby!
Kathryn’s roommate called the police, which alarmed and disturbed Kathryn, who was concerned about her reputation and the possibility that she wouldn’t be able to live the life she had always planned for. Kathryn recovered the baby fumble and, knowing the police were going to arrive soon, hid the gruesome package in one of her gym bags, which she hid in the closet.
Police and paramedics arrived at Kathryn’s dorm room at about 30 minutes past midnight and asked where the baby was.
“What baby?” replied Kathryn.
That kind of stupidity continued for several minutes. The police asking where the baby was, and Kathryn insisting that she hadn’t given birth.
Because of this delay, any chance that EMS had of treating the infant was lost.
The baby was finally found a few minutes past 1 in the morning. At 1:06 A.M., she was pronounced dead by the EMS personnel on the scene.
Kathryn was admitted to a local hospital where she was treated for a few days. She enjoyed a warm bed and decent food. Never once did she have her head stuck into a toilet, or any other body of water large enough to admit a head, for that matter.
An autopsy showed that Kathryn’s baby was alive at birth and died from drowning.
Kathryn McCoy was arrested the moment she was deemed releasable by hospital authorities. She was charged with murder, tampering with evidence, and concealing the birth of an infant.
Kathryn posted bond and is wandering about both free and alive, which is more than you can say for her daughter.
Does Kathryn McCoy deserve Hell?
- Yes (84%, 589 Votes)
- No (16%, 115 Votes)
Total Voters: 704
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