A mother has been charged for killing her newborn son by placing him in a fridge for several hours, causing the infant to die from hypothermia and suffocation.

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Angela Blackwell, 27, from the state of South Carolina, was arrested after officers found the body of four-day-old William at the family home in Chester County.

The mother allegedly removed the child after three hours and sought medical attention at around 8.30am, but paramedics were unable to revive the boy and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The incident took place on February 27 and police waited to conduct extensive interviews with Blackwell’s family members before making an arrest.

She appeared in court yesterday afternoon charged with homicide by child abuse, according to the Associated Press.

A spokesman for South Carolina police said: “We have the authority to investigate all child deaths in the state under our child fatality unit.

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