A Lancaster County woman has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly putting her stillborn baby in the trash.
Marie Lavaud appeared before a district judge in New Holland for her preliminary hearing Thursday morning. She's charged with two misdemeanors -- abuse of a corpse and concealing the death of a child.
Lavaud said she delivered the stillborn baby girl inside her home on July 23 and placed it in a freezer.
A week later, police, responding to the home for the report of a psychiatric/emotional issue, found the baby's body inside a trash bag they removed from the front porch of the home.
An autopsy failed to determine whether the baby was born alive and how she died, according to the Lancaster County coroner, who estimated the baby to be between 28 and 34 weeks gestation at the time she was delivered.
Lavaud is due back in court for a formal arraignment on Sept. 26. In the meantime, she remains incarcerated in the Lancaster County Prison.