CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- New information is surfacing in the case of the infant who was found in a freezer in a Punta Gorda home. We are warning readers that the following information is graphic.
According to the court documents, 27-year-old Jessica Smallwood called paramedics in physical distress and was transported to Peace River Medical Center.
Smallwood was found with an umbilical cord attached that had been tied with two nylon zip ties. Smallwood told staff members she had no idea that she was pregnant, however the exam showed that she was in her third tri-mester. She reportedly thought she had a large blood clot and told officials she Googled how to stop the bleeding. Smallwood then used the zip ties to stop the clot from exiting her body.
Officers searched her residence and found a bloody garbage bag with a frozen baby girl in the fetal position on the lower shelf in the freezer. The infant had her end of the umbilical cord still attached.
An examiner believes the baby was stillborn.