Clay County mother sentenced to 40 years in prison for murder of newborn baby

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Posted at 1:21 PM, May 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-02 08:27:50-04

CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Clay County woman was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of her newborn baby.

Amber Bowling pleaded guilty to the murder of her newborn baby during a court appearance May 23. She will receive credit for time served.

Kentucky State Police said Bowling, 21 years old at the time, gave birth to a boy in December 2018. According to an arrest citation, Bowling placed the crying infant into a trash bag and threw it over the second-story banister of an apartment complex in Manchester. The newborn's remains were found by neighbors.

In August 2019, a judge declared Bowling competent to stand trial, according to the Clay County Circuit Clerk.

The coroner said that an autopsy showed the infant died from injuries related to blunt-force trauma. Bowling's arrest citation said that the infant had a cranial fracture, fractured ribs, and a brain bleed.

Bowling was indicted on one count of murder.