Case against woman accused of killing newborn moves forward

Donita M. Hawkins

A Portsmouth woman accused of killing a baby will now face a grand jury.

Police charged Donita Hawkins with second-degree murder after her newborn infant died.

In January 2017, Hawkins told police she smoked crack cocaine, then woke up to labor pains the next morning.

Court documents say after Hawkins went to the hospital, she handed a bag to doctors. Inside the bag was a newborn infant who was unresponsive. 

The baby was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police say Hawkins told them she did not want the baby, and could not afford it.

The grand jury meets next on April 5.

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