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Mother Charged In Death Of Infant Who Was Found Drowned In A Duffel Bag

Her ex-boyfriend made the gruesome discovery.

A 25-year-old woman from Danville, Virginia was charged on Monday with first-degree murder after her newborn drowned last year. Vanessa Danielle Poteat is currently in Danville City Jail without bond.

Last summer, the local police department was called to a home in Danville after Poteat's ex-boyfriend discovered the baby inside a duffel bag, according to WSET. Search warrants state that he found the "deceased infant that had been dead for some time."

According to the warrant, Poteat reportedly asked her ex to pick up the bag and other belongings, which she had stored at his mother’s house. It was there he made the gruesome discovery.

Police confiscated that black duffel bag, a towel, some clothing and a handwritten note from the home.

"I saw them bring out a body bag and I said, 'Oh my Lord' someone passed away and the brought the gurney out and put the body bag on the gurney and folded it and strapped it down, and I said that was a child because it was too small because they folded the bag in half," neighbor Kimberly Tucker told WSET last year.

According to the earlier WSET report, police initially called the tragedy an unattended death. However, they stated that every unattended death is investigated as a homicide until facts prove otherwise.

Police have not yet offered a motive or specified why it has taken more than a year to make an arrest, according to various local reports

[Photo: The Danville Police Department]

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