SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Savannah woman was indicted on Wednesday on murder and related charges in the December slaying of her newborn son.
Anitra Hicks, 18, caused the death of Baby Boy Hicks, on or about Dec. 4 - the same day he was born - “by causing (him) to become submerged in water, preventing him from breathing,” the Chatham County grand jury determined.
Police were called to an area off Central Avenue near Skidaway Road Dec. 6 after a garbage truck driver found a newborn dead in the back of his truck. Savannah-Chatham police detectives tracked down the mother - a high school student - within hours after tracing items to her.
She admitted giving birth and placing the infant in the trash, police said. The indictment also charges Hicks with felony murder by causing the death during the commission of another felony - cruelty to children- and a second felony - by contributing to the deprivation of a minor.
The indictment charges cruelty to a child and contributing to the deprivation of a minor resulting in death as well as concealing the death of another person.
Hicks was not in custody Wednesday. The special presentment by the grand jury will require sheriff’s deputies to pick her up, said Savannah-Chatham police spokesman Julian Miller.