The causes of death for a Creston woman and her newborn child have been determined, but the coroner’s unit of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has few answers for the woman’s family, who reportedly didn’t know she was pregnant.
Brandy Ann Stanton, 37, gave birth to a daughter early Saturday morning while taking a bath in her home, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Stanton’s teenage daughter, who was at the house with Stanton’s husband, found her mother and the baby in medical distress, according to sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla and previous news releases.
Paramedics were called, and Stanton and the baby were taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton. Stanton was pronounced dead at 6:25 a.m. and the baby at 6:46 a.m., a hospital spokesman said.
According to interviews, evidence at the scene and autopsy results — all of which were released Thursday — Stanton, who died of severe blood loss, was able to separate the umbilical cord from her body and was awake for a prolonged period of time after her daughter was born.
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The baby was alive at birth, despite the tub being full of water. The newborn also took a breath or breaths above water before drowning.
The baby’s official cause of death was determined to be drowning at the hands of another, although it’s unclear whether she was killed accidentally or intentionally, Cipolla said.
No criminal charges will be filed in the deaths of both the mother and the baby.