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Mother of newborn thrown in trash suspected miscarriage

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Police and EMS at the Kohl's on Standiford Plaza Drive on the evening of August 8, 2013. Police and EMS at the Kohl's on Standiford Plaza Drive on the evening of August 8, 2013.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The woman accused of leaving her newborn to die in a department store trash can claims she only learned of the pregnancy one month before delivering her baby.

WAVE 3 News has obtained a copy of the videotaped Louisville Metro Police Department interrogation of Jessica Price, 29, of Bullitt County, following her arrest on August 8. Price stands charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.

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In the August 8 recording, a LMPD detective informed Price he would be speaking with her about "what happened at Kohl's and what happened with {her} baby."

During the interrogation, Price admitted to throwing her newborn daughter away, after giving birth in a bathroom stall at the Kohl's department store on Standiford Plaza Drive where she worked.

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"I picked it up and it wasn't moving. It wasn't breathing," began Price. "The umbilical cord had already separated and I panicked. I got scared."

Price said she then tried to clean the newborn off with paper towels. When asked by the detective what she did next, Price replied, "I got the trash bag and I put it in there."

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During the nearly three hour interview, Price admitted to experiencing a miscarriage in the past, and suspected that after she stopped feeling her daughter kick the morning of August 8, it had happened again.

"I had my period the entire time," said Price. "I have had a miscarriage before and it did the same thing. I just was home at the time when I lost the baby last time."

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On the afternoon of August 8, Price said she began to feel severe cramping while working at the department store. When questioned why she did not seek medical attention, Price could not come up with an answer.

According to Price, she delivered the newborn into a toilet shortly after and then held the baby.

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"I had her by the back of the neck and by the butt," said Price. "I didn't even touch the umbilical cord. It was already off."

Price said during the two to four minutes she stood holding her daughter in the bathroom stall, the baby girl did not move nor make a sound.

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Before wrapping the interview and allowing Price to be taken to the hospital to be examined, the detective asked her two final questions.

"We're just calling your baby, 'baby girl Price'," preempted the detective. "Do you have a name or do you want to give your baby a name to identify it? Or do you just want it to be 'baby girl Price'?"

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Price opted out of naming the deceased newborn at that moment, questioning instead, if she could change her mind later.

The detective then concluded the interrogation by asking Price if she believed she had done anything wrong.

Price replied, "I mean, I have to have done something wrong to lose the baby, didn't I? Why did I put it--," stopping short of finishing her self-directed query.

Price is currently out of jail on her own recognizance awaiting trial. She has been ordered to stay with her parents in Shepherdsville, wear an ankle tracking tether and have no contact with children.

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