Lafayette woman who admitted hiding dead newborn in storage unit released on bond _lowres

Rebecca Landry

A Lafayette woman who confessed to hiding her dead newborn’s body in a storage unit for 14 years was released from jail Friday after posting bail.

Rebecca Landry, 57, was released from the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center after posting a $125,000 bond, according to booking records.

Fifteenth Judicial District Judge Michelle Breaux set the bail at Landry’s bail hearing on Thursday.

Landry had been in jail since her June 4 arrest on a count of second-degree murder upon the discovery of her child’s mummified corpse in a Lafayette storage unit.

The self-storage unit on Verot School Road, rented by Landry’s mother since 2002, was sold at auction after Landry’s mother became delinquent on her payments, police have said.

The man who purchased the auctioned storage unit made the discovery the evening before Landry’s arrest.

Landry told police she was suffering from alcoholism in late 2001 when she gave birth at home to a baby who lived for three days with noticeable breathing problems but never received medical care. When the newborn died, she hid it in a cardboard box filled with women’s clothing before moving it to the storage unit in 2002, a Lafayette police detective testified at the bond hearing.

An autopsy is pending for the child, whose gender, birthday, date of death and cause of death have not been identified. It’s also unclear whether the baby — found in the cardboard box wearing a diaper and wrapped in a blanket — was born prematurely.

Landry denied anyone had knowledge of her pregnancy or the baby’s birth.

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