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UPDATE: Attempted murder charge for woman accused of trying to flush newborn

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A Davenport woman is now facing an attempted murder charge after authorities said she tried to flush her newborn down a toilet last month and left it for dead in a trash can.

University of Iowa police said 22-year-old Ashley Hautzenrader gave birth to the child May 8 in a bathroom at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Police say Hautzenrader tried to flush the baby then put it in a pillowcase and left it in a trash can. A hospital employee found the newborn alive.

The new charge is in addition to a child endangerment charge.

Hautzenrader admitted that she left the child in the trash because she thought it had died. The baby's condition is unknown.

Her attorney didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

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A Davenport woman is charged with child endangerment, after police say she left her newborn baby in a trash can in an Iowa City hospital.

According to a criminal complaint, 22-year-old Ashley Hautzenrader went into a bathroom not knowing she was pregnant at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics late Sunday night and delivered a baby in the toilet. She says she thought the baby was dead, because it was not crying, so she tried to flush it down the toilet.

When that didn't work, she put the baby in a pillow case and left it in the trash can in the bathroom. Police say Hautzenrader then cleaned the bathroom and left. UIHC employees later found the baby alive.

Police later confronted Hautzenrader, who admitted to putting the child in the trash can because she thought it was dead.

A spokesman for the University of Iowa would not comment on the condition of the baby.

Hautzenrader is charged with child endangerment, which is an aggravated misdemeanor that carries a prison sentence of up to two years. She has bailed out of the Johnson County Jail.

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