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‘What the F--- Did You Do?’: Pennsylvania Couple Arrested in Connection with Newborn Found Dead on Sidewalk

Parents Arrested After Newborn Found Dead on Pennsylvania Sidewalk: Cops
Source: Bedford County Prison

Emily Dickinson (left) and Joshua Wooters (right) were arrested after their newborn baby was found dead on the sidewalk, officials said.

Jun. 27 2024, Published 3:00 a.m. ET

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A couple in Pennsylvania has been arrested in connection with the death of their newborn son after police say he was reportedly found dead on a sidewalk in March, has learned.

According to police records obtained by KRCR-TV, police found the baby dead on a sidewalk in McConnellsburg, next to the placenta, and a bloodstained mattress around 8:45 AM on March 11, Front Page Detectives reported.

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That same day, police interviewed 19-year-old Joshua Wooters, who claimed he knew nothing about him. A month later, police questioned him again, and he said the same thing, officials said.

An autopsy was completed on the baby, which determined he died from exsanguination from the umbilical stump, authorities said. Forensic biology reports also identified Wooters and 20-year-old Emily Dickinson as the deceased boy’s parents.

Parents Arrested After Newborn Found Dead on Pennsylvania Sidewalk: Cops

The mother claimed she did not perform CPR because the baby was too weak, authorities said.

Dickinson allegedly admitted to giving birth to the boy alone in her apartment, according to the police records. Despite being a certified nursing assistant, she allegedly told detectives she did not perform CPR on the baby because she thought he was too weak from having his umbilical cord cut, police claimed.

She told officers that she threw the newborn out of the second-story window after covering him with a towel when he stopped breathing, according to police.

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Parents Arrested After Newborn Found Dead on Pennsylvania Sidewalk: Cops

Police say the mother cut the umbilical cord using a kitchen knife and then threw the baby out the window.


Wooters reportedly said he only learned about Dickinson being pregnant a month before she gave birth and that he was apprehensive about being a young father. He also claimed that Dickinson had not sought medical attention during her pregnancy, authorities said.

Wooters eventually admitted to police that Dickinson woke him up on March 11 and said she was in labor, police documents state. He said after giving birth, Dickinson cut the umbilical cord with a kitchen knife while he was in the bathroom, walked into the bathroom, and threw the infant out the window, the documents allege.

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Peters is behind bars pending her trial, officials said.

He told police he kept asking her, “What the f*** did you do?”

Police performed a search of their apartment in April and found blood in the couple's bedroom and bathroom. Officers noted in their reports that the window overlooked the spot where the infant was found dead.

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On June 25, Wooters and Dickinson were arrested and charged with criminal homicide, conspiracy to commit criminal homicide, concealment of the death of a child, abuse of a corpse, and obstructing the administration of law, authorities said.

They were booked into the Bedford County Prison and were being held without bail.



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