Woman Killed Her Disabled Newborn Baby, Dumped His Body on the Side of the Road

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 16, 2023   |   2:57PM   |   Salt Lake City, Utah

The state of Utah is reeling after a horrible case of infanticide that happened there recently.

A woman has been arrested after killing her newborn son because he was disabled and dumping his body on the side of the road.

Estrella Meza-Ojeda’s son was born prematurely and spent 22 days in the hospital and doctors sent him home with oxygen to help him breathe better. Meza-Ojeda made a return appointment to the hospital without the oxygen, prompting concerns.

Days later, police discovered she and her son were missing and Meza-Ojeda gave police conflicting information before finally admitting her son was dead. Her refusal to provide her son with oxygen took his left and when he died in the car, she abandoned his body on the side of the road.

Although she presented herself as a distraught mother, further investigation revealed Meza-Ojeda searched “garbage dumps near me” and “how long do you spend in prison for killing your baby.”

Now she has been charged with aggravated murder.

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Estrella Meza Ojeda was booked into the Wasatch County Jail over the weekend and charged Tuesday in 4th District Court with aggravated murder, a first-degree felony; obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony; and abuse or desecration of a dead body, a third-degree felony. Her initial appearance in court is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

“Estrella was overwhelmed with caring for a premature baby that needed extra care to survive and wished to go back to a single, nonmother, lifestyle and begin a new life with (her new boyfriend). She also took care not only to dispose of D.O.’s body, but also attempted to erase any and all traces of his birth, life and death,” the affidavit states.

On Sept. 1, the infant was taken to the hospital after he stopped breathing. Ojeda arrived at the hospital without her son’s oxygen and “was again told that it was vital for survival.” Detectives now believe “that this was an attempt to end D.O.’s life and that Estrella was either interrupted or could not go through with it at this time,” the affidavit alleges.

Police say Ojeda searched these topics eight days before her son died, “showing that Estrella was actively planning to cause his death and dispose of his body.”

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