Tullytown woman charged after dead newborn found in trash bag

A Bucks County woman was charged Monday with concealing the death of a child and abusing a corpse after police discovered a dead newborn baby in a trash bag in her Tullytown home.

Lorie Bendorovich, 38, delivered a stillborn baby in her home last week. But the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office charged her because she failed to call police or medical professionals, placing the dead baby in the trash bag instead. Police learned of the baby after a family friend called 911.

Both counts filed against Bendorovich are misdemeanors, the most serious of which carries a maximum prison sentence of five years. She is free on $500,000 unsecured bail.

Dr. Joseph Campbell, Bucks County's coroner, said an autopsy revealed that the baby never took a breath, confirming what Bendorovich told police last week. The baby's lungs were still filled with embryonic fluid, Campbell said.