Baby Drowned in Toilet After Worker Gave Birth in Bathroom at Meatpacking Plant: Police

by San Eli News


A Missouri woman who gave birth in the bathroom of a meat processing plant where she worked is facing a murder charge after the newborn drowned in the toilet.

Makuya Stephanie Kambamba, 28, was arrested Friday after an investigation by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the latter announced in a news release obtained by PEOPLE.

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The incident unfolded May 6 in a bathroom at the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Milan, according to court documents filed by the state patrol, reports Kirksville TV station KTVO.

After birthing the boy in the toilet, Kambamba allegedly told investigators that she saw the baby moving in the water, but sat down again due to ongoing labor contractions, those court documents state.

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The woman allegedly said she did not look at the baby again until about 30 minutes later, when a workplace nurse entered the bathroom, according to the documents.

The child was found deceased. An autopsy conducted the next day by the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office found evidence consistent with drowning.

An attorney who might speak on behalf of Kambamba was not identified in online court records of the Daviess/DeKalb Regional Jail, where she is now being held without bond.

She is facing charges of abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death; first- and second-degree involuntary manslaughter; and first- and second-degree murder.

A follow-up court date and plea was not listed in her records.