Woman arrested in death of baby found in suitcase

Published 5:23 pm Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A 41-year-old Flora woman has been arrested and charged with the death of a newborn baby found in a suitcase in late June.

Madison County Sheriff Toby Trowbridge said Sheila Ealey turned herself in to authorities Friday night.

The baby’s body was found in the suitcase behind the Smith Chapel Missionary Baptist Church near Flora.

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An autopsy has been performed on the body, and Trowbridge said DNA testing will confirm whether Ealey is the mother.

Ealey was being held without bond at the Madison County Detention Center and was scheduled for a court appearance on Tuesday.

It was not immediately known whether she has an attorney.