PITTSBURGH - A woman accused of putting the remains of her miscarried fetus into a freezer was scared and in shock after the stillbirth and a criminal charge against her should be dropped, her attorney said.
Christine Hutchinson, 22, of Pittsburgh, was held in jail yesterday in lieu of $500,000 bail on a single charge of abuse of a corpse. She was charged Thursday after authorities learned of the body in the freezer.
"She was in shock. She had a postpartum sort of feeling for what happened to her and didn't know what to do," her attorney, Lawrence Fisher, said yesterday.
An autopsy Friday indicated that the 20-week-old fetus had died in utero, apparently naturally, said Allegheny County Medical Examiner Karl E. Williams. More tests were planned.