Pennsylvania woman drove around with newborn’s corpse, police say

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania woman who police say drove around with her newborn daughter’s body has been jailed on abuse of a corpse and other charges.

Old Lycoming Township police say 37-year-old Chesney Anne Wheeler gave birth at home near Williamsport on April 12, then kept the child’s body in a cardboard box in her car until it was found the next day outside a hospital.

Police say Wheeler told them she drove to an out-of-town hospital because she feared doctors would find out she had used crack cocaine and heroin the night before her daughter was born 2 ½ months premature.

Police say an autopsy couldn’t determine if the baby was born alive.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Wheeler. She remained jailed Wednesday and faces a May 10 preliminary hearing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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