Mother confesses to killing her newborn because of ‘expenses,’ enlisting daughter to help dispose of baby still crying inside trash bag: Prosecutor

An Ohio woman confessed to killing her newborn baby because it would be too expensive to take care of the infant, according to a prosecutor. The mother allegedly enlisted her 19-year-old daughter to help dispose of the baby’s body.

Basma Abdul Karim Alkelezli and her daughter, Hanan Ahmad Al Jabouli, are accused of killing a newborn baby.

Alkelezli reportedly gave birth on Sept. 20. Paramedics responded to a call for medical help at the woman’s home on the same day. During the 911 call, Al Jabouli reportedly said her mother was “not waking up.”

Paramedics allegedly discovered that Alkelezli had recently given birth, but there was no baby in the home. Alkelezli was reportedly bleeding excessively after cutting the umbilical cord.

Assistant Franklin County Prosecutor Cory Helffrich said officers with the Hillard Police Department went to the residence to search for the newborn baby.

The Columbus Dispatch reported, “Officers discovered the baby in the trunk of a vehicle and rushed him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Helffrich said. The coroner’s office ultimately determined the baby had been born healthy before it was killed, according to Helffrich.”

According to WCMH-TV, “Investigators wrote in Franklin County Municipal Court documents that Alkelezli had placed her newborn son in a plastic trash bag, and then instructed her daughter, Al Jabouli, to dispose of him. Al Jabouli then placed the bag inside of a five-gallon bucket, and put it in the trunk of a car in their home’s backyard.”

A detective and sergeant attempted life-saving procedures on the baby. The newborn was rushed to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Hilliard Division of Police Chief Mike Woods told reporters that officers were disturbed by the chilling crime scene.

“All of the officers that are here, most of them are parents, a couple of them here have newborn children,” Woods said. “It’s very tough on them. I’m proud of them for pushing through it.”

The mother and daughter were arrested on Sept. 22 for suspicion of infanticide.

Alkelezli is charged with aggravated murder, murder, involuntary manslaughter, strangulation, two counts of endangering children, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse.

Al Jabouli is charged with aggravated murder, murder, strangulation, endangering children, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse, and obstructing justice.

The pair appeared in court on Friday, where they pleaded not guilty.

However, the mother and daughter allegedly confessed to murdering the newborn.

Alkelezli admitted to investigators that she was pregnant, according to Helffrich.

“She stated that they were moving homes and the baby would have been more expenses,” Helffrich added.

According to the prosecutor, the mother said she did not look at the newborn and stuffed the baby into a trash bag within seconds of giving birth.

Al Jabouli allegedly confessed to helping her mother put the baby into an orange five-gallon bucket and then into the trunk of a vehicle.

“(Al Jabouli) admitted she could still hear the baby crying from inside the trash bag,” Helffrich said.

The mother and daughter are being held at Franklin County jail. Alkelezli’s bond was set at $2 million, and her daughter’s bond was set at $1 million.

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