KANSAS CITY, MO. — Kansas City Missouri Police have arrested a woman for possession of marijuana the body of her newborn baby was found frozen in the back of her boyfriend's pickup truck on Thursday. Wanda Benenhaley said she gave birth to a stillborn baby on Jan. 9 and the baby's father then put the baby in a plastic bag in the back of his truck.
According to Kansas City Missouri Police, a witness visited a residence in the 11300 block of E. 49th Street on Jan. 9 where Benenhaley was in the process of delivering a baby in a bedroom. When the witness returned to the house on Thursday, Jan. 13, they said they didn't see a baby. The witness thought that was strange and called police. When officers arrived, they interviewed Benenhaley who said she had a baby, but it was stillborn.
Police said Benenhaley's boyfriend, and the father of the baby, said he put the baby in a plastic bag and tossed it into the bed of his truck. Investigators said that a baby, frozen solid from the cold, was found in the truck.
The child's body was taken to the Jackson County Medical Examiner where it's expected to take days to thaw before an autopsy can be performed.
Neighbors said they were shocked by what police found.
"Once I found out the baby was in the back, I just about threw up," said Matthew Long, neighbor. "I'm a father of two, and to think that anyone could be that cruel to a life, that's just appalling, incredibly appalling. If they need to be punished, I hope they get punished to the fullest extent because that's just despicable."
Police said the boyfriend, who was not identified, was released from custody, while Benenhaley is being held on a drug warrant from another county. No charges have been filed, but it's possible the couple could be charged with abandoning a corpse.