Mother charged with killing her baby in LaFollette

Mother charged with killing her baby in LaFollette

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Wanda Kay Cieslak (source: Campbell County Sheriff's Office) Wanda Kay Cieslak (source: Campbell County Sheriff's Office)

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LAFOLLETTE (WATE) - Investigators have charged a woman with killing her newborn baby boy, who was found dead on the porch of a LaFollette home earlier this month.

Wanda Kay Cieslak, 39, is charged with first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and child neglect.

Officers responding to a 911 call found Cieslak's baby dead at 126 Hatmaker Drive in the Beverly Hills Subdivision on October 21.

"They did discover a garbage bag there, and inside the garbage bag they found a full term infant boy -- baby boy -- wrapped in blankets," said LaFollette Police Chief Jim Jeffries.

Police say the baby was born in LaFollette on October 13 at 500 S. Indiana Avenue. The house had been quarantined after a suspected meth production lab was found.

An autopsy was done on the baby at the University of Tennessee. Officials say a preliminary report indicates the baby was born alive and healthy, but had asphyxiated.

Cieslak is being held in the Campbell County Jail. She was arrested on October 22 where she was living in Scott County on an outstanding warrant. Those charges are not related to the infant death investigation.

"She's been charged," said Chief Jeffries. "There are still other facets of this crime that we're investigating."

Police are still investigating how the newborn ended up on the porch of house on Hatmaker Drive, though they say Cieslak knew the residents.

Cieslak was charged with child abuse before. That incident happened in 2009.

"We investigate every case to the fullest," Jeffries said. "Whether she had previous charges or not, we would still investigate this case the same way."

The investigation continues. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will perform polygraphs on other suspects.

Cieslak is scheduled for a court hearing on November 1.

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