Woman hid stillborn in freezer for days thinking family would be upset for "religious reasons"
A 23-year-old Indianapolis woman faces charges after authorities say she and family members hid her baby’s remains in a shoe box and freezer for a week.
Fayzah Al-Khatib is charged with obstruction of justice, a felony, and failure to report a dead body, a misdemeanor.
Court documents state she and two family members brought the baby’s body to Little & Son’s Funeral Home on East Stop 11 Road on Feb. 4 to arrange for burial. Al-Khatib arrived with a “green, frozen, deceased baby girl wrapped in a white trash bag, wrapped in a blanket and placed inside of a soft sided cooler,” according to a probable cause affidavit.
Al-Khatib, who is not married, told Indianapolis police detectives that she had given birth in her east side home on Jan. 31 and hid the baby over fears her family would be upset for “religious reasons,” the court documents state. Family members told police they were not aware she had been pregnant.
She said the baby was not crying or breathing after birth, according to documents. After deciding the baby girl was dead, Al-Khatib placed her body in a shoe box for a day and a half before her mother found the remains and put them in a garage freezer, the documents state.
Documents say an analysis of Al-Khatib’s iPhone found she made internet searches for “Bbay not crying after birth,” “frozen dead body” and “what does an autopsy reveal.” She admitted taking Vicodin and Soboxone during the pregnancy, but said she was not abusing the drugs, according to the affidavit.
An autopsy of the baby, identified as Mialiah Dorsey, determined she was 36 to 37 weeks old and weighed 5 pounds 15 ounces. A doctor performing the autopsy reported it could not be determined if Dorsey was stillborn or not due to advanced stages of decomposition.
Neighbors told 24-Hour News 8 that they would often see Al-Khatib out walking. The charges against her came as a surprise.
“It doesn’t matter because it is a child, and you know when you bring a baby into this world it is really not about you anymore,” a neighbor said. “It is about protecting the kid.”
John Dorsey, the baby’s father, told police on Feb. 6 that he knew Al-Khatib was pregnant but that he was not aware she had given birth.
Al-Khatib, who is the only person charged in the case, is scheduled to be in court for a pretrial conference on May 1.