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Harnett Teen Charged With Murder Being Evaluated In Raleigh

Posted August 16, 2002 11:08 a.m. EDT

— A young woman accused of murdering her newborn baby is at a Raleigh mental hospital.

Two weeks ago, police said Sophia Whitley, 19, gave birth to a baby boy, wrapped him in a garbage bag and put the infant in her trunk.

Whitley, who was being held in the Harnett County jail, was charged with felony child abuse and first-degree murder.

Authorities said Whitley was moved to Dorothea Dix hospital for evaluation and counseling.