Mom Arrested After Allegedly Giving Birth at Amazon & Dumping Newborn's Body

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Police have arrested an Arizona woman accused of a horrible crime while she was working at a Phoenix Amazon distribution center. Samantha Vivier is said to have given birth to a baby girl and then dumped the baby's body. According to authorities, she stashed the dead newborn in one of the fulfillment center's bathrooms. The body was found by a janitor later that night. 

  • Vivier claimed she didn't know she was pregnant when she gave birth to a baby girl on January 16.

    According to AZFamily.com, the 22-year-old is an Amazon employee who later told police that she was unaware that she was expecting a child, no less one that would be born during her workday. In court documents, Vivier reportedly told investigators she had gone to the bathroom at about 11:30 a.m. after she clocked out for lunch. Vivier remained in the bathroom for about three hours, "during that time she attempted to use the bathroom and began to bleed vaginally," the documents stated. "A short time later, Samantha gave birth to a baby that was not breathing or moving."

    According to prosecutors, the baby was believed to have been stillborn. 

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  • Another employee who was in the bathroom with Vivier reportedly gave her paper towels and a plastic bag to help clean up the blood on the floor.

    Vivier had been in the bathroom for an extended period of time when her coworker says she offered her the materials to help her clean up, but it is not clear if the other employee was aware that she had given birth. Vivier then reportedly took the plastic bag, placed her child inside it, and disposed of the body in a trashcan under the counter in the bathroom. She then spoke with her manager, and said she needed a new pair of pants. When they weren't able to find any for her, Vivier reportedly called a friend and asked to be picked up from work, telling them that she "may have had a miscarriage."

    At about 3:30 p.m. that day, the janitorial staff were alerted to a red substance that was on the women's restroom floor. It was thought be a mixture of blood and vomit. The bathroom was cleaned and employees were able to return to to using the facility. It was only later that night, at about 8 p.m., that a female janitor went into the restroom to change the trash and noticed that it felt heavier than usual. She said she looked inside the trash bag and noticed there was a second plastic bag inside, containing what looked like the head of an infant. She then called the onsite medical team who examined the child and found her to be cold to the touch and unresponsive. 

    It was only through the help of a witness to the scene that investigators eventually identified that the mother of the newborn was Vivier. She confirmed that she had given birth in the bathroom earlier that day.

  • Vivier told police that although she had noticed that she had recently gained weight, she never felt a child moving inside of her. 

    According to AZFamily.com, Vivier stated that she had gained about 15 pounds recently but because she hadn't gone to the doctor all year, she was not aware of her medical status. After giving birth, Vivier claimed she did not see the child move or breathe. As to why she had stashed the newborn's body in the trash, Vivier admitted she had been scared for the father of the baby to find out and she "panicked after giving birth." Police then arrested Vivier on suspicion of unlawful disposal of human remains.

    During her initial court appearance on Tuesday night, the prosecutor recommended that Vivier be released on her own recognizance. The commissioner agreed with their recommendation and claimed that there was no evidence that Vivier had actually harmed the newborn. The prosecutor also believed that the baby had been stillborn, but the official cause of death won't be available until the body is seen by a medical examiner. 

    In a statement given to Fox 10, Amazon wrote: 

    "This is a terribly sad and tragic incident and we're providing on-site counseling support as needed as the safety and wellness of our team continues to be our top priority."

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