A New York college student was arraigned Saturday on charges of second-degree murder for allegedly suffocating her newborn girl after giving birth in her Long Island home.
Sharon Seudat, 20, appeared at First District Court in Hempstead, Long Island, and was ordered held on $1 million bond or $750,000 cash, Nassau County District Attorney spokesman Shams Tarek told NBC News. Judge Douglas D. Lerose also had Seudat turn over her passport, Tarek said. Her next court date is April 5.
Edward L. Lieberman, Seudat's attorney, told NBC News in an email Saturday night "that this was a tragedy for all concerned" and that Seudat has her family's support.
Police and fire companies responded Thursday evening to Seudat’s residence for a report of a woman with severe bleeding, police said. After being taken to a hospital, staff determined Seudat had recently given birth, police said. Seudat initially denied having the baby, according to NBC New York.
Officers then went back to Seudat’s home where they found an unresponsive newborn girl, according to police. The baby was brought to an area hospital and was pronounced dead, officials said.
Police said an autopsy determined the baby was suffocated after she was born at the home.
Seudat’s arrest came on the same day as another New York woman from Staten Island was indicted on charges of leaving her newborn to die in the trash outside her home.
Nausheen Rahman, 28, pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and one count of concealment of a human corpse. She is being held without bail.
After giving birth inside her home, Rahman allegedly cut the umbilical cord of her baby daughter, who was still breathing, placed her in a plastic bag, and threw her in a garbage can outside her Staten Island residence on March 11, according to the Staten Island District Attorney's Office and a criminal complaint.
Prosecutors said Rahman’s parents later took her to Staten Island University Hospital - North for vaginal bleeding. At first, Rahman allegedly denied having a baby, but later admitted to giving birth and disposing of her daughter who was alive, prosecutors said.
This article has been updated with comments from Sharon Seudat's attorney.