Sarah N. Helton and Kevin R. Helton killed newborn: Cops

Sarah N. Helton and Kevin R. Helton (Garfield County Sheriff’s Office)

An Oklahoma woman and her estranged husband were arrested last week in connection with the presumed death of a newborn baby who was allegedly thrown in the trash before being retrieved and buried in an unknown location. Sarah N. Helton and Kevin R. Helton were taken into custody on Wednesday and charged with one count each of second-degree murder or in the alternative, one count of child neglect, court records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by Enid News & Eagle, authorities believe that Sarah Helton gave birth to a child in late 2022 and that she and Helton caused the newborn’s death through neglect between Dec. 26, 2022, and Jan. 10, 2023. The duo were reportedly caught after one of them loaned a cellphone to a man who saw photos of the deceased child and text messages between the Heltons in which they allegedly discussed the newborn’s death and what they did with the remains.

“[The Heltons] engaged in with contemptuous and reckless disregard of, and in total indifference to, the life and safety of another, regardless of human life, although it was done without any premeditated designed to effect the death of any particular individual, to wit: (the Heltons) failed or omitted to obtain proper medical care, adequate nurturance and affection, food, clothing, shelter, sanitation or hygiene and/or special care necessary for the child’s health and safety caused by the physical condition of the child,” prosecutors reportedly wrote in charging documents.

Deputies with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office on March 31 responded to a call regarding evidence of a deceased baby that had been brought to the Noble County Sheriff’s Office.

Sarah N. Helton and Kevin R. Helton killed newborn: Cops

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