Couple accused of hiding dead newborn’s body

Posted Feb. 02, 2009, at 9:01 p.m.

ST. STEPHEN, New Brunswick — A New Brunswick couple is expected to appear in St. Stephen Provincial Court today in connection with concealing the body of a newborn baby, a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a telephone interview Monday.

The couple, who live in Moores Mills just outside St. Stephen, were charged with concealing the body of the newborn.

The sex of the deceased baby and exact age has not yet been confirmed. The offense happened sometime between Jan. 5 and Jan. 22, the RCMP said on its Web site.

Sarah Russell, 19, and Rodney Miller, 27, were arrested by the RCMP on Thursday, Jan. 29, and first appeared in St. Stephen Provincial Court to face the charge on Friday.

They were taken into custody over the weekend and are scheduled to appear in court in St. Stephen today to enter a plea of either guilty or not guilty to the charge.

Acting on information about the matter, the RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit South in conjunction with District 1 RCMP began its investigation last week. The investigation is being treated as a homicide, the Web site said. Police did not elaborate.

Further charges are anticipated as the police continue to gather evidence in the investigation.

St. Stephen is located just across the St. Croix River from Calais, Maine. The two communities share two crossing stations. A third station is expected to open in November.

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