Mobile mother found guilty of burying infant in backyard


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ A Mobile woman has been found guilty of burying her infant’s corpse in her backyard last fall but not guilty of child endangerment.

Authorities tell news outlets that a Mobile County Circuit Court jury convicted 31-year-old Ashley Wilkins on Wednesday on an abuse of a corpse charge.

Wilkins turned herself in to police and was charged with corpse abuse after authorities found the child’s remains in October. Investigators believe Wilkins gave birth to the child before burying the infant.

In March, Wilkins was charged with chemical endangerment to a child after a toxicology report and autopsy revealed a chemical substance found in the infant’s bloodstream. She was found not guilty of that charge Wednesday.

Her sentencing is set for Dec. 1.