Mother in custody after 2-month-old daughter was discovered useless in duffle bag stuffed with ice, police say | Information Headlines
BAYTOWN, Texas (KTRK) – A Baytown woman wanted after her daughter was found dead in a duffel bag full of ice last year is currently in custody, according to police.
32-year-old Nikki Reardon has been on the run since the September 2020 incident. Her 2 month old baby was found dead in a room at the Scottish Inn Suites in Baytown.
According to the caller who first reported the incident, the 2-month-old had been dead for at least 48 hours.
At the time, police said officers had repeatedly asked her about a child, but Reardon reportedly continued to ignore the question. After the officers got a search warrant, they went back inside and found a little girl in a pink travel bag surrounded by ice.
The officers also found methamphetamine and marijuana in the hotel room.
According to court records, Reardon told officials she was selling methamphetamine and cocaine to make a living. On the day the baby died, she claimed she packed a few things at the hotel at 8 a.m. and woke up at 4:15 p.m. to find the baby face down on the bed.
Reardon reportedly told officers she hadn’t called an ambulance because, “It was too late. She wasn’t breathing. What would you do?”
Reardon failed to appear in court last month for a serious robbery and has not been seen since. In addition to several other charges, she faces other charges in addition to violating her parole, including manipulating evidence, most notably a corpse, and endangering children.
Her bail is $ 35,000 in total: $ 20,000 for evidence manipulation, mostly on a corpse, and $ 15,000 for endangering a child.
Reardon was not directly charged with her daughter’s death, but that could change.
Authorities have not disclosed the official cause of the baby’s death. Reardon is expected to appear before a judge Tuesday morning.
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