Police Find Four Fetuses in Mom's Home

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By RANDALL CHASE,AP
Posted: 2007-07-31 04:26:45
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OCEAN CITY, Md. (July 31) -- Police with cadaver-sniffing dogs, shovels and a backhoe dug Monday outside the home of a woman charged with killing her baby boy, widening a grim search that has turned up four tiny sets of remains.
None of the remains appeared to be those of full-term babies, police said, including those of the most newly delivered infant, a boy, who was found in a vanity below the bathroom sink in Christy Freeman's home.

Two trash bags containing separate sets of human bones were found in a trunk in her bedroom, and another set of remains was found in a bag in a small recreational vehicle parked in her driveway. All four were believed to be from fetuses Freeman carried, police said.

Police kept searching in the scrubby, overgrown yard outside Freeman's house after the cadaver dogs hit on new possible scents.

"I want to clear my name in this case," Freeman, 37, told a judge at a bond hearing Monday when she was ordered held without bail on first-degree murder and other charges in the most recent death. "If you offer me a bond, I'm not going to leave. ... I'm going to be here. I'm going to help clear this situation up."

Soon after the hearing, police said the chief medical examiner's preliminary report found that the baby boy was stillborn, but the cause of death was still under investigation. Police spokesman Barry Neeb said it was possible the charges against Freeman could be amended as a result.

Freeman, who has four other children, came to authorities' attention Thursday, when emergency medical technicians and police were called to her apartment on the second floor of a small, rundown white house behind a 7-Eleven that faces the Coastal Highway, the main north-south route in this resort town.

Her boyfriend, Raymond W. Godman Jr., said that Freeman had passed out in the bathroom and that he carried her to the sofa, according to the charging documents. She was lying down and bleeding heavily, and had a garbage bag and towels under her.

She initially denied having been pregnant even after she was taken to a hospital Thursday and doctors discovered a placenta and part of an umbilical cord, police said. She eventually told police she had delivered a dead and deformed baby - claiming that she did not see any hands or feet - and that she had flushed the body down the toilet, according to charging documents.

Police got a search warrant and found the infant wrapped in a white towel with a blue stripe in the cabinet below the bathroom sink, according to the charging documents, in which authorities describe the baby as a "viable fetus/infant," with hands, feet and facial features.

Police then found the two sets of remains and a placenta in the bedroom trunk Thursday, and a plastic bag with the fourth infant's corpse Friday in the motor home.

The boy she was charged with killing was stillborn, and looked to be in the 26th week of pregnancy, police said, citing the medical examiner's preliminary report.

The chief medical examiner in Baltimore was examining the remains and trying to determine the causes of deaths, ages and if they were related to Freeman.

Prosecutor Joel Todd said Freeman was charged with murder under a 2005 state law authorizing murder convictions for fetuses killed after 20 weeks. The statute, however, does not specify how old the fetus must be; it says only that prosecutions are allowed for the deaths of viable fetuses, a standard the state medical examiner has said is generally around seven months.

Todd did not immediately return a call Monday evening seeking clarification.

Earlier, Todd said investigators are still probing whether Freeman caused the babies' deaths.

"We will have to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that she did something to cause that baby to be stillborn," he said.

Police Chief Bernadette DiPino declined to discuss any evidence about how the baby could have been born dead, such as whether Freeman induced an abortion.

Freeman and Godman, who owned a cab company called Classic Taxi, lived with her other children at the home, where paint was peeling from the exterior and an air conditioning unit was rusting. Fishing poles were stored on an upstairs balcony.

Bulldozers cleared mounds of dirt from the backyard, while police taped off her block and erected a temporary wall to shield the investigation. By dusk Monday, no additional human remains had been found.

Police said the other children were safe and were in the custody of Godman, believed to be the father of those four and the four whose remains were found, DiPino said. He was still being interviewed but has not been charged, investigators said.

Classic Taxi specializes in using cars from the 1950s and 1960s, according to the company's Web site. On the Web site, Freeman's profile said that she and Godman had been a couple since 1988 and that her hobbies were "our four children." She said the family were NASCAR fans and liked to fish, boat and camp together.

A man who answered the phone at Classic Taxi declined to comment.

Ron Cecil, 71, owner of Aaron Taxi, said he had met Freeman through the local taxi association and said he saw her driving a cab several weeks ago. The charging documents described Freeman as 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and weighing 180 pounds, and Cecil said she often wore sweat shirts.

"She could have easily been pregnant and it not have been known," he said.

Neighbor Jodi Kerlin, 31, said she saw Freeman about a month ago as Freeman took out her trash and it appeared then that Freeman might have been pregnant. "The thought passed through my head," said Kerlin, who recently gave birth. "I passed it off."

Associated Press writer Brian Witte in Annapolis, Md., contributed to this report.
 

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There...are...four...FETUSES!!!!
 
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Christy Freeman



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To Ocean City's tourist trade, Classic Taxi co-owner Christy Freeman presented herself as a flirtatious NASCAR mom who could keep her customers' secrets.

"We have hauled everyone from famous singers to the general lay worker," she wrote on the five-year-old company's Web site, which features an image of Freeman as a suggestive sorceress. "Everybody has a story and we hear it all ... but you didn't hear that from me."

But the story police told about the 37-year-old woman Monday -- that she had stowed the remains of a stillborn baby and at least three more small bodies in and around her house -- was so disturbing, so discordant with even her detractors' perception of her, that it has scandalized a devil-may-care beach town.

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Freeman was charged Friday with first- and second-degree murder after police found a dead baby in a vanity beneath her bathroom sink, according to charging documents. Since that initial discovery, authorities have found the remains of two more in garbage bags in a trunk in Freeman's bedroom and another in a motor home parked in the driveway, police said.

With her longtime boyfriend, Raymond Godman Jr., Freeman owned and operated Classic Taxi, which boasted a fleet of American cars from the 1950s and 1960s. Monday, Classic Taxi's garage in a West Ocean City business park was closed. About 10 cars were parked out back, including a pink- and-white 1961 Cadillac Fleetwood with fins and a shiny teal Chevy Corvair from 1965.

According to the company's Web site, Freeman and their children moved to Ocean City in 1990. Godman, a mechanic, founded the taxi company in 2002.

"I am the woman behind the scenes trying to keep things running smoothly," Freeman writes on the site. "My hobbies are our four children. We enjoy NASCAR races and the ocean. As a family we fish, boat and camp together."

A customer, Rafael Reyes, said Monday that he thought Freeman was a "good person, an everyday person." Classic Taxi was popular with year-round residents, he said.

Jay Hancock, a member of the Town Council, said Freeman is well-known around Ocean City. On the "big issue with regulation of the taxis, they were both very active and supportive of measures to have some rules for the cab business," he said.

"She was very outgoing and friendly," Hancock said. He said he saw her a few weeks ago in the grocery store and they talked about the taxi business.

Freeman might have been able to disguise her pregnancy, according to interviews with those who know her.

"She was a big woman to start with. Her attire was very casual," Hancock said. "In the summer, it was loose-fitting T-shirts, and in the winter it was loose-fitting flannel shirts."

Some in the resort's competitive taxi business took offense at Freeman's Bohemian nature and said the company failed to properly maintain its fleet.

"She was kind of dirty, always dressed in dirty sweat shirts -- real boisterous, real gossipy," said Michael Larrimore, who drove a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 for the company from March to June. Larrimore said he quit because the car's brakes failed.

"They were not classic cabs, they were junkyard junks," said Ron Cecil, owner of a competing taxi company. "If you saw the insides of the cabs, they were just totally disgusting."

Freeman is no stranger to the court system, having appeared several times to file charges against others as well as to answer charges as a defendant.

She was convicted in 1999 of failing to obtain a dog license and fined $20, court records show. Three years earlier she received a $45 fine for having a "dog at large," according to a computer summary of her record in state court.

But more often, she brought charges against others. In 1995, she filed destruction of property charges against an Ocean City man who was later found guilty. Her complaint against a neighbor on Sunset Drive in 1999 ended with the case being put on the inactive docket, which allows cases to be resolved without a conviction. Freeman accused a Salisbury woman of trespassing in 1995, a charge that led to the woman's conviction.

Most recently, she was sued by Atlantic General Hospital -- the same medical facility she was rushed to Thursday -- for failing to pay for a March 2003 emergency room visit. According to court records, she had a chest X-ray and other diagnostic tests. In February 2006, a judge ordered Freeman to pay $960.19.
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After that yummy placenta... you get stuck with fetuses what are ya gonna do if you don't have a dog?
 

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After that yummy placenta... you get stuck with fetuses what are ya gonna do if you don't have a dog?
damn it. i was thinking she was making placenta cheeze steaks