UPDATE: Ritchie Co. grand jury to hear case of newborn baby’s death

Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 8:34 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 19, 2021 at 3:05 PM EDT
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Update: 4/19/21 3:00 P.M.

Elizabeth Saxton waived her preliminary hearing Friday for the death of her newborn child in early April.

The case now goes to the Ritchie County Grand Jury, which prosecutor Sam Rogers says next meets in June.

UPDATE: 4/9/21 12:15 P.M.

A Ritchie County woman is facing criminal charges after authorities said she gave birth to a baby at her home on School Drive in Pennsboro on Sunday and failed to take steps to keep the child alive.

Elizabeth Saxton, 31, is charged with child neglect resulting in death and concealment of a deceased human body.

According to a criminal complaint in Ritchie County Magistrate Court, Saxton told authorities the baby “was blue in color and not breathing” after she gave birth while taking a shower.

Saxton also said she did not try to revive the child or call 911. Instead, she said she wrapped the baby in a towel and placed it beside her bed.

Saxton was arrested on Thursday after Ritchie County sheriff’s deputies began investigating a tip they received on Wednesday about “suspicious circumstances surrounding a local woman’s recent pregnancy.”

She remains in the North Central Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond set during her arraignment in magistrate court.


PENNSBORO, W.Va. (WTAP) - A woman was arrested in connection to a young girl’s death in Ritchie County.

In a news release, the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Office said deputies arrested Elizabeth Saxton on Thursday after a girl’s body was found in a Pennsboro home.

Investigators began digging into the “suspicious circumstances surrounding a local woman’s recent pregnancy” after receiving a tip on Wednesday.

Officials said that tip led them to Saxton, who investigators pressed on the whereabouts of her child.

A search warrant was then obtained, which led to the body’s discovery.

Saxton was arrested on charges of child neglect resulting in death and concealment of a deceased human body.

The Ritchie County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating.

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