Woman charged after baby found dead in shoebox, documents say

Kelsey Martin is being charged with concealing the death of a child after police say she put her baby in a shoe box.

A York County woman is being charged with concealing the death of a child after police say she put her baby in a shoebox.

Kelsey Martin, 21, tells police she gave birth last April in her Springettsbury home. She says her grandparents weren't home at the time so she gave birth alone in her bedroom.

According to court documents, Martin says when the baby came out, it wasn't breathing, so she picked the baby up and held the baby in front of her, gently shaking the infant, trying to get the baby to breathe or make some kind of noise. Martin tells police she panicked and placed the baby in a shoebox. She says she then tore the umbilical cord with her hands.

Martin tells police she placed her bloody clothes in another shoebox.

Police found the baby dead in the shoebox after EMS responded to Martin's home for report of a woman with a hemorrhage. First responders found Martin bleeding in a bathtub.

Martin tells police she did not know she was pregnant.

Martin is currently awaiting her preliminary hearing.

CBS 21 News went to Martin's home on Thursday, but the family gave no response.

The death is something pregnancy care expert Deb Snyder says could have been prevented.

"When things look so scary you have someone that you can talk with," Snyder said.

Snyder is the executive director of Lifeline Pregnancy Care Center in Millersburg. It's a non-profit organization offering free parenting classes, baby clothing, strollers and cribs, among other things, to local parents in need.

An unplanned pregnancy, not knowing where to turn for help, is something Snyder can relate to. She gave birth to her son when she was just 14 years old.

"I know what it's like, it's very scary," Snyder said.

For more information on Lifeline Pregnancy Care Center, head to or call 717-692-2183.

The organization also does adoption referrals and will refer parents to similar non-profit organizations if they do not live in the Dauphin County area.

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