A woman from Washinton, DC was charged with murder in the killing of her newborn son. Lillian Alvarado, 21, is facing charges of first-degree murder and cruelty to children after police reports that she allegedly asphyxiated and dismembered her newborn son in the bathtub of her apartment.
Residents who were living right below the suspect said they saw bloody water dripping from the ceiling and found Alvarado in the bathroom of the apartment with the newborn in a gruesome scene as what the police who responded had described.
According to the police report and court documents, Alvarado had tried to dispose of the body by dismembering after strangling and drowning the newborn. Scissors and a three inch blade were found at the scene.
Alvarado’s public defenders have argued that she is not mentally competent to be tried and should instead remain at a psychiatric hospital. She was later found to be fit to stand in trial.
Family members told police they had no idea that Alvarado was pregnant and were concerned about her when she wouldn’t leave the bathroom.
Alvarado later told police she took a shower and had plans to go to the hospital when she gave birth in the family tub and cut the umbilical cord with scissors, according to the affidavit. She said she hit her head on the sink when she attempted to get out of the tub and remembered flushing the toilet before “everything went dark.” Police reports say that the 21 year old also has a 2 year old daughter.
Alvarado, who was arrested in January 2014, was indicted in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on charges of first-degree (premeditated) murder while armed, with aggravating circumstances; first-degree felony murder while armed, also with aggravating circumstances, and first-degree cruelty to children.
She remains in custody without bail and faces a possible sentence of life in prison with no possibility of release.