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Florida Woman Charged with Manslaughter in Connection to 2022 Death of Newborn Found Wrapped in Shorts

A Florida woman, Bianca DeSouza, now 20, has been charged with manslaughter in connection to the 2022 death of her newborn. The infant was reportedly discovered wrapped in shorts by the child’s grandmother, leading to DeSouza’s arrest on Friday.

The incident unfolded on May 2, 2022, when DeSouza’s mother found the hours-old baby on a bed, alone in their Boca Raton home. At the time, DeSouza was reportedly in another room.

The probable cause affidavit revealed that the grandmother, believing the child to be dead, urged DeSouza to call 911. However, DeSouza allegedly claimed her phone was about to die, reported Law and Crime. The child’s death was later determined to be a homicide, with asphyxia identified as the cause of death, according to the affidavit.

DeSouza recounted to authorities that she gave birth in shorts, stating that she “pulled [the shorts] to the side during the birth,” and the child “came out of the right side of her shorts.” Responding officers found the baby with shorts around his torso, the affidavit noted.

During the investigation, DeSouza expressed initial thoughts of terminating her pregnancy but later decided on adoption, citing doubts about her mental capability to raise the child. She admitted to not taking action and later expressed frustration, stating, “It was like my body stopped working.”

According to the affidavit, DeSouza’s mother disclosed that her daughter has bipolar schizophrenia with PTSD and had altered her medication during the pregnancy. The mother suggested that DeSouza, stressed about finding a secure home for the baby, likely experienced a “psychotic break.”

As of now, DeSouza faces charges of aggravated manslaughter of a child and child negligence, as indicated by court records. Information regarding her plea was not available in the court documents, and a public defender listed for her case did not immediately respond to requests for comment from PEOPLE.

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