Mom Told Police She Drowned Her Newborn Baby "So That She Would Not Have To Hear Him Cry"

A 19-year-old woman accused of drowning her one-month-old son in a bathtub did more than 100 online searches for ways to kill an infant, according to police in Chandler, Arizona.

October 26, 2018

Jenna Folwell [Maricopa County Sheriff's Office]

Jenna Folwell [Maricopa County Sheriff's Office]

By: Catherine Townsend

A 19-year-old Arizona woman accused of drowning her one-month-old son in a bathtub did more than 100 online searches for ways to kill an infant, according to the Chandler Police Department.

Jenna Folwell, 19, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of her son, Rainer, Fox 2 Detroit reports.

Officers found the baby’s body just after 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Police say she put her son's body in a duffel bag before leaving the apartment and calling police from Brooks Crossing Park at around 1:30 p.m. to report that a stranger abducted him.

After officers entered the apartment and found the baby Folwell claimed that she had found her son face down in the bathtub.

During questioning however police say Folwell confessed to drowning her baby.

"Evidence gathered on the scene revealed Jenna [Folwell] was the person that drowned the baby earlier that day," said Sgt. Daniel Mejia with Chandler Police.

One key piece of evidence was Folwell’s phone search history.

"The search history started with `ways to die instantly' and ended with` missing babies cases," a statement from police read.

"Other searched items included how long it takes babies to drown, five types of parents who kill, reasons parents kill their babies and sudden infant death syndrome."

The statement also added that there were over 100 searches on these topics.

Rainer Folwell [Fox 2 Detroit (screenshot)]

Rainer Folwell [Fox 2 Detroit (screenshot)]

Folwell eventually admitted that she had decided to drown her son so that she would not have to hear him cry.

The statement says Folwell told investigators she regretted her decision after her son was in the tub for about a minute and attempted CPR before heading to the park.

Folwell appeared in court on Thursday.

The baby's father was also in court. “ She took away my life with Rainer the moment she took his life," he told the judge.

She is currently in custody, and her bond has been set at $1,000,000.

Read more: Fox 2 Detroit

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