A judge in Georgia on Tuesday granted bail for a woman who allegedly stuck her newborn son in a freezer.
Carol Sautter, 45, of Cobb County, allegedly told the infant’s father via text that the boy was stillborn, prompting him to call the police, according to the Associated Press.
Magistrate Judge Gerald Moore set bail at $30,000 on Tuesday and instructed Sautter to submit to a mental evaluation after she’s released from jail, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.
Sautter’s attorney, Noah Pines, claimed in court that his client placed her son in the freezer after being struck with panic following her stillborn delivery.
“She was a little bit in shock,” Pines said, as quoted by AJC. “She just lost a lot of blood and she passed out.”
Sautter has been locked up since her June 26 arrest. She is charged with concealing a death, police records show.
Prosecutor Chuck Boring asked the judge to withhold her bail, while Moore maintained that Sautter had no prior criminal convictions and could not obtain the mental health care she requires while incarcerated, AJC reported.
“She needs to make sure that she steers clear of anyone involved in this investigation,” Moore said, as quoted by AJC.
Sautter must also avoid contact with any child under 16 years old, the judge ruled.
Investigators, who believe Sautter’s baby was carried to term, said it could be impossible to determine whether the infant was truly stillborn because his remains had been frozen, according to AJC.
Medical examiners have not yet ruled on the child’s cause of death.
Although he said he would not comment further on a pending case, Pines told Oxygen.com in an email he expects Sautter to be released at some point Wednesday.
[Photo Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office]