Student accused of murdering newborn told police she 'freaked'

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Police say a former Bellarmine University student accused of murdering her newborn daughter and concealing the body told them she "freaked" when she delivered the baby.

According to court documents released Tuesday, Kathryn "Katie" McCoy told police she put her daughter in a trash can because she thought the baby was dead.

McCoy has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence. She is free on $50,000 bond and has a court hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

The Plainfield, Ind., woman says she hid her pregnancy from her parents, roommates and friends.

Police said McCoy gave birth to a baby girl in the bathroom of her dorm room on Oct. 26 and then let the infant fall into the toilet. She was charged after the girl was found in a gym bag.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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