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Davenport woman accused of dumping baby in trash gets trial date

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A February trial has been scheduled for an Iowa woman who authorities say tried to flush her newborn down a toilet and then left it for dead in a trash can.

Court records say Ashley Hautzenrader of Davenport has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and child endangerment. Her trial is set to begin Feb. 14.

University of Iowa police have said Hautzenrader gave birth to the child May 8 in a bathroom at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Police say Hautzenrader tried to flush the baby and then put it in a pillowcase and left it in a trash can. The child was soon found.

Police said Hautzenrader told them she did not know she was pregnant, and that she thought the baby was stillborn because it did not cry.  After she tried to flush the baby down the toilet, she allegedly put it in a pillowcase and placed it in a trash can before she reportedly cleaned the bathroom and left.

UIHC employees later found the baby, which was alive.

Hautzenrader was initially charged with one misdemeanor count of child endangerment.  After her arrest, she was ordered to have no contact with the baby.