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Woman charged with her baby's death

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July 9, - An Indianapolis woman is under arrest after police say she gave birth at a Tennessee rest stop and left the baby to die in a trash can.

Campbell County Sheriff's Detectives in Tennessee say they have arrested 21-year-old Carissa Marie Roraus of Indianapolis. She is currently in a hospital there, but under arrest on charges for criminal negligent homicide.

Investigators say Roraus, traveling with a boyfriend and others on their way to South Carolina, stopped at the Welcome Center located just inside the state line.

Claiming she was sick, Roraus went to the restroom. A Center employee says Roraus was in there for at least thirty minutes and when she left, the employee noticed she was washing blood off her fingers. That's when the employee went into the stall where Roraus had been.

"Out of the corner of my eye I saw movement out of the trash can we got hanging on the wall and I pulled back a towel and there was a baby in the trash can," the employee said.

Desperate attempts by emergency medical crews to revive the 6 and 1/2 pound baby failed. But officers were able to find the vehicle that matched the description along I-75 and arrest Roraus. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday and more charges may follow in this investigation.

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