NEW BEDFORD — A woman who allegedly hid the lifeless body of her newborn baby under a staircase outside the New Bedford apartment where she briefly lived told police that the “voices in her head” urged her to keep quiet about the pregnancy, a prosecutor said Monday.
Assistant District Attorney Maryclare Flynn made the statement during the arraignment of Tamlyn Gonzalez, 22, who pleaded not guilty in New Bedford District Court to a charge of witness intimidation in connection with the April discovery of her daughter’s remains.
Gonzalez is being charged with intimidation under the obstruction of justice portion of the statute, under accusations of lying to police who investigated the discovery of the baby’s body under a back staircase at 1065 County St.
Gonzalez at the time was sharing a second-floor apartment in the building with her mother and sister.
Flynn said Monday that first-floor tenants discovered the lifeless body wrapped in a blue sweatshirt on the evening of April 11, and that Gonzalez initially gave police a false name and denied the newborn was her baby.
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