Rachael Lynn Thomas, aged 30, from West Melbourne, was taken into custody this Monday and charged with two counts of child neglect and one count of tampering with evidence after police were called to her home on Sunday at 12.08pm. Since her initial arrest Rachael has also been charged with first-degree premeditated murder and a number of other charges after police have come to suspect she murdered her two children.
Investigators say the story from 30-year-old Rachael Lynn Thomas didn't match the evidence in the deaths of her two newborns. https://t.co/Lie7LNnSkJ— WGXA (@WGXAnews) April 18, 2018
Rachael told police that she had felt ill in work the day before and had gone home to lie down on her sofa and try to feel better. However part way through the day she went to the toilet and was shocked when an infant boy fell into the bowl. She told police that the baby was unresponsive with his eyes closed, and was not breathing, but she cut the umbilical cord with a pair of scissors and cleaned up the mess anyway. Afterwards she phoned the police who arrived to find the newborn blue and unresponsive.
At the time Rachael could not provide police with a timeline of the birth or her call to 911, but she did say that she didn’t know she was pregnant and had continued to experience a normal menstrual cycle.
However during a search of the premises police discovered a second baby hidden in the trash. The newborn was later pronounced dead at hospital and had been found with her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck and arms.
Rachael Lynn Thomas has now been charged with the murders of her two newborns, police say. https://t.co/ZuctQPDBp0— tyler vazquez (@tyler_vazquez) April 18, 2018
When asked about the second baby Rachael told investigators “they were both dead and she got scared.”
Recently police revealed that the preliminary autopsy showed that the likely cause of death was homicide. Both the baby girl and boy had experienced blunt force trauma to their head which was not consistent with Rachael’s story of being born in a toilet. Police also found that the newborn girl had a foreign object stuffed down her throat and they suspect she was strangled with her umbilical cord.
Rachael also had two other children aged 8 and 1 who have been placed in the custody of relatives. Rachael is currently being held without bond.
Surprisingly, while it is rare it is not impossible for a woman to be unaware that she is pregnant and many women continue to experience normal menstruation throughout the entirety of their pregnancy. In the UK in February 2016 Charlotte Bryant, aged 20, gave birth on the toilet after thinking she was simply constipated.