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Hilliard mother and daughter charged for allegedly disposing of deceased newborn in trash bag


Two Hilliard women who allegedly disposed of a newborn in a trash bag are facing felony charges according to court documents.

Basma Abdulkarim Alkelezli, 36, and her 19-year-old daughter Hanan Ahmad AlJabouli were charged with abuse of a corpse. Alkelezli allegedly placed her newborn son in a plastic trash bag and instructed her daughter to dispose of him.

Officers went to a home in the 4400 block of Paxton Drive South just after 8:50 a.m. Wednesday.

Hilliard Police said when medics arrived, they found evidence that a child was recently born. Officers searched the area and found the dead child in a plastic trash bag in a bucket inside the trunk of a car in the backyard of the family's home.

The baby was pronounced dead after being taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Court documents said the infant appeared to be full term and was not born prematurely.

The criminal complaint alleges the two women "treated a human corpse in a way that she knew would outrage the reasonable sensibilities of a member of the decedent's family."

Hilliard Police Chief Michael Woods said, "This is a heartbreaking situation and one of the worst calls to receive. We're focused on determining what happened to this child."

Alkelezli is due in court Monday and AlJabouli faces her second arraignment next Friday.

George Shillcock is a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. He joined the WOSU newsroom in April 2023 following three years as a reporter in Iowa with the USA Today Network.