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Woman suspected of leaving her baby in trash arrested

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Christine Corrine Ramirez was arrested Thursday by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department after allegedly leaving her newborn son in a casino bathroom.

Ramirez, 18, from Stockton, Calif., was charged with concealing the birth of a child, a gross misdemeanor in Nevada. Her bail was set at $75,000. She’s scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Tahoe Justice Court in Stateline.

Investigators found Ramirez Tuesday, the morning a newborn baby was found in a bathroom stall trash receptacle at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe by a housekeeping crew.

Law enforcement identified the mother from casino surveillance tapes and witness interviews. She gave birth to her son in a second-floor women’s bathroom.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Lance Modispacher said investigators will continue to seek information about Ramirez from Stockton. Officials said she is cooperating.

Modispacher said the Sheriff’s Department did not receive details from an autopsy of the baby that was supposed to be finished by Thursday. The autopsy is being handled by the Washoe County coroner’s office, but a final report won’t be prepared until lab tests are complete.

Results from the autopsy could be crucial, since Ramirez could face a potential homicide charge if the newborn was alive before being abandoned. The decision rests with District Attorney Scott Doyle.

Ramirez spent the days prior to her arrest at Barton Memorial Hospital, where she received postpartum care under the supervision of law enforcement. She is reported to be in good condition.

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