19-year-old teenage mother Jenna Folwell googled for ways to kill babies before she drowned her four-week-old son in the bathtub to stop his crying, according to police officials from Chandler, Arizona.
To escape suspicions after killing her newborn son, Folwell reportedly contacted the police and claimed that her son had been abducted at a park, alleging that someone approached her from behind, put a bag over her head and ran off with the child.
Investigators who conducted a search of Folwell’s apartment, however, found the dead baby boy – believed to be named Rainer – inside a duffel bag and arrested the teenager on suspicion of murder.
When officers browsed the smartphone they confiscated from Folwell, they found more than 100 different web searches from “ways to die instantly,” “missing babies cases,” and “how long it takes for a baby to drown.”
When the police confronted Folwell, the teenager quickly changed her story and told the police that she was taking a bath with her son when she fainted. She claimed that her baby had drowned by the time she regained consciousness.
The teenager finally confessed to the intentionally killing her son when the police revealed that they know about her morbid web searches. Revealing that she drowned her baby boy since she couldn’t stand to hear him cry, Folwell added that the baby was only underwater for a minute before she regretted her decision and pulled him out.
Despite Folwell’s alleged attempts to perform CPR on her child, the child passed away.
In a heart-wrenching statement to the press, the baby’s father said: “I will never get to have any firsts with my son…I won’t be able to watch him play catch or go fishing. I won’t be able to even take him to school.
“She took away my life with Rainer the moment she took his life…she could have reached out to me or my family and we would have taken sole custody.”
Folwell held in the Maricopa County Jail after being charged with one count of first-degree murder. Noting that Folwell poses a flight risk, the judge at the teenager’s first court appearance, set a $1 million-cash bond.
Update to last night's death investigation:
The mother of the deceased baby from yesterday afternoon's death investigation has been identified as 19yoa Jenna Folwell. Jenna was booked into the Maricopa County Jail overnight on one count of 1st Degree Murder. pic.twitter.com/nSE3v9Vfvo
— Chandler Police (@ChandlerPolice) October 25, 2018