MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – A woman has turned herself in to Mobile Metro Jail after authorities say they found the corpse of her dead baby buried in her backyard.
Ashley C. Wilkins, 30, is charged with abuse of a corpse after the startling discovery was made at Wilkins home on Swansea Drive last week.
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Earlier this evening, police could not locate Wilkins after they decided to file charges. However sometime around 9:00 p.m., Wilkins turned herself in to Mobile Metro Jail and was formally arrested. In the video below, you can see Wilkins exiting the jail at about 10:15 p.m., refusing to answer any questions posed by News 5’s Allen Carter.
According to Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich, authorities received a 911 call last Thursday with the caller stating they had discovered the corpse of a newborn infant buried in the back of the home.
“It had been there for what we consider to be a significant amount of time and had begun the decomposition process,” Rich told WKRG News 5.
“The baby was recovered, taken to the department of forensic sciences and is still currently undergoing an autopsy and investigation into this matter.”
Rich says Wilkins is believed to be the biological mother of the infant, however, her reasoning for the alleged crime is unknown at this time.
“Certainly the entire circumstances are under investigation at this point. All of the occupants of the residence are being questioned and it is very much an ongoing investigation.”
The abuse of a corpse charge being filed against Wilkins is a class C felony and carries a punishment of one to ten years in prison.
News 5 spoke to several neighbors who live on Swansea Drive and confirmed there was a lot of police activity at Wilkins’ home last Thursday.
It’s currently unclear how long the infant has been buried in the backyard. Mobile Police said in a press release that they aren’t sure whether the infant was alive or dead when he or she was buried.
Wilkins’ does have a prior arrest record in Mobile County. According to the Mobile County jail logs, she was arrested in 2002 (as an 18-year-old) for theft of property. Wilkins was arrested again in 2014 for third-degree domestic violence (harassment).