Grand jury indicts Westfield woman charged with disposing of newborn baby

Shanna Sharples (Photo provided by Hampden Co. D.A.'s office)

A Westfield woman, accused of disposing of her newborn baby, has been indicted.

James Leydon, spokesperson for the Hampden County District Attorney's office, said that Shanna Sharples was indicted by a grand jury for improper disposition of a human body.

The charge stems from a 2017 incident where Sharples allegedly delivered her own baby, then dumped the body.

According to court documents, Sharples went to Baystate Noble Hospital after she believed that she had passed a blood clot while taking a shower.

When she arrived at the hospital, Sharples was allegedly in possession of a placenta and umbilical cord, but no fetus was present and she reportedly told investigators on several occasions that she had not given birth.

However, according to court documents, a neighbor said that Sharples said she was expecting and co-workers noticed that she was entering the late stages of pregnancy.

A forensic exam of the placenta reportedly determined that the baby Sharples was carrying was full-term.

Investigators spent countless hours searching for that baby, but it has still not yet been located.

An arraignment date in Hampden County Superior Court has not yet been set.

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