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Woman indicted for disposing of fetus in Warren County motel

Rebecca Houck faces felony charge for gross abuse of a corpse.

- By Lauren Pack Staff Writer

A Hamilton woman has been indicted on a charge related to a fetus being found in a Monroe motel trash can in October.

Rebecca Houck, 30, was indicted on Monday by a Warren County grand jury on a charge of gross abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony. The charge stems from an Oct. 9 incident in which the baby was found dead at Motel 75 on Garver Road.

The fetus was 23 to 27 weeks, according to the Warren County Coroner’s Office, not as far along as first believed. But evidence could not prove the fetus was born alive.

“It was still considered to be viable, but you didn’t have evidence of a live birth,” Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said. “Based on our evidence, we believe she intentiona­lly ordered a drug online to essentiall­y induce an abortion.”

That is not a criminal offense if the mother does it, even if it was done post viability, he said.

“The only crime we had was dumping the baby girl in the trash can,” Fornshell said.

Police responded to the motel

Fetus

at about 10 a.m. that day on a report of a “possible abandoned baby.”

Warren County Coroner’s investigat­or Doyle Burke previously told this news organizati­on that the body of a girl was found in a trashcan in one of the rooms. The mother had gone to an area hospital after a 911 call was placed.

Also found in the the room were a clear plastic bag containing two grams of a crystal rock substance, a bag containing white powder, gummy worms laced with an unknown substance and paper tabs laced with an unknown substance, possibly acid, according to the Monroe police report.

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