A Cobb County grand jury has indicted a Mableton woman on a charge that she stored her newborn baby’s body in a freezer after he died.
The grand jury on Jan. 9 indicted Carol June Sautter on one count each of concealing a death of another and making a false statement, both of which are felonies.
Sautter was arrested and charged by Cobb police in June 2018 after police received a tip that the baby’s body was inside a freezer.
According to an arrest warrant, Sautter gave birth to a “fully formed” boy between June 7-11, 2018, but the infant did not survive. Cobb police say in the warrant that Sautter did not tell police or medical authorities of the baby’s passing.
Cobb prosecutors said at an August 2018 bond hearing that the baby’s father told police about the newborn’s death. Officers on June 25 went to Sautter’s Mableton home, but she did not let them in, prosecutors said.
Cops returned with a search warrant, but prosecutors said Sautter and the baby’s body were not there. The newborn’s remains were later found in a freezer at an automotive shop, the prosecution said.
An initial autopsy performed by the Cobb Medical Examiner’s Office was not able to determine how the baby died or if he was alive when he was born.
Cobb Magistrate Court Judge Gerald Moore granted Sautter a $30,000 bond. She was also ordered to undergo a mental evaluation. Sautter, who was 43 at the time of her arrest, was also prevented from having contact with children age 16 and younger.
Marietta attorney Grady Moore, who is representing Sautter, said he and his client “forward to resolving all these issues in Superior Court.”
“As we are in the early stages of litigation and are still gathering information, there is no further comment I can make at this time,” he said.
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