Ft. Walton Beach Woman Indicted on First Degree Murder Charges

OKALOOSA COUNTY-- An Okaloosa County Grand Jury has indicted a Ft. Walton Beach woman on first degree murder charges.

29 year old Tonisha Lache Crowell is accused of putting her newborn baby in a trash bag in February and leaving it near a fence outside of her home.

The child was exposed to temperatures below 50 degrees for 4 hours, and died.

Crowell then went to Ft. Walton Beach Medical Center for bleeding, telling doctors that she was not pregnant and had not given birth.

But hospital officials say doctors performed an ultrasound procedure on Crowell 2 days earlier and determined she was 38 weeks pregnant.

Besides first degree murder Crowell is also charged with aggravated child abuse.