WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) - A woman has been charged with child endangering, accused of abandoning a newborn baby girl found on a doorstep June 18 and prompting an alert as police in an adjacent county searched for a missing pregnant woman later found slain.
Brandy J. Weiser, 30, of Millersburg, was charged Friday and must appear in Wayne County Municipal Court on July 24. If convicted of the first-degree misdemeanor, she faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Wayne County Prosecutor Martin Frantz said his office considered the offense, the potential harm and the woman's age and background in filing the charge.
DNA genetic tests confirmed Weiser was the mother, according to the Wayne County sheriff's office. The infant remains in county custody.
Sheriff Thomas Maurer said the woman acknowledged abandoning the baby after giving birth at a hotel in nearby Richland County.
The infant was found on the doorstep of a home as police in adjacent Stark County searched for Jessie Davis, 26. Her body, still carrying a nearly full-term fetus, was found June 23 in remote parkland nine days after her disappearance.
Davis' police officer boyfriend has been charged with two counts of murder.