Iowa mother and grandfather charged after newborn baby killed on road

DES MOINES, Iowa — Two people have been arrested for murder after a newborn baby was found dead on a highway in Iowa, police said Monday.

Norwalk City Police were contacted on March 8 with concerns about a child’s safety, and police have opened an investigation with the state’s Criminal Investigation Division, according to a news release. Law enforcement and volunteers found a deceased newborn along the road in Warren County.

Law enforcement determined Megan K. Staude, 25, of Norwalk, gave birth to the baby in late February. She and her 64-year-old father, Rodney A. Staude, allegedly left the baby to die and then “got rid of it,” according to the statement. They were both arrested for murder.

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