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Woman charged in infant's death worked at Kohl's

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Jessica Price is charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence. Jessica Price is charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.
Police and EMS were investigating after a dead baby was found inside this Kohl's Department Store on Standiford Drive Aug. 1. Police and EMS were investigating after a dead baby was found inside this Kohl's Department Store on Standiford Drive Aug. 1.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- We have new details about the woman charged with murder after a baby was found dead in the bathroom of a department store last week.

The infant was found Aug. 1 in the bathroom of the Kohl's on Standiford Plaza Drive.

Police say the woman, 29-year-old Jessica Price, works at Kohl's, but hid her pregnancy from her co-workers.

Her co-workers told police she went into the bathroom for an extended time, left the store, and returned to work two hours later.

Police say Price ended up giving birth to the baby girl in the store's bathroom.

Price, who is from Shepherdsville, told a judge during a court hearing Thursday that she was working at the store when she gave birth.

When asked in court if she was working when she was arrested and where she worked, Price replied: "Kohl's Department Store."

Police say Price gave birth to the baby girl, then placed her body and other evidence of the birth in the trash bin inside the women's restroom.

Officials say the baby girl appeared to be full-term and healthy, and say she died as a result "of an intentional act."

On Thursday, Price's attorney tried to persuade a judge to reduce her $100,000 full cash bond, saying she is a low flight risk.

But the judge denied that request.

"We believe the baby was born alive, and could be alive today if she had provided basic care for the baby," said LMPD Detective Todd Kessinger. "The actions that she took directly led to the death of the baby."

Price says she does not need a public defender and will hire a private attorney to represent her.

Police say the baby's body was discovered in the restroom's trash by members of the store's cleaning crew.

Price is charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.

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