SAVANNAH, Ga. (CBS Atlanta/AP) — A Savannah woman who has been indicted on murder charges in connection to the death of her newborn son says she did not know she was pregnant.

Patricia Hicks, mother of 18-year-old Anitra Hicks, tells WTOC-TV that her daughter thought she was having a bowel movement when she was actually giving birth in the bathroom.

“She thought she was having a bowel movement and the baby came out in the toilet,” Patricia Hicks told WTOC. “She didn’t know she was pregnant.”

Anitra Hicks was indicted Wednesday for the December death of her newborn.

Hicks was charged with cruelty to a child, felony murder by causing the death during the commission of another felony — cruelty to children, contributing to the deprivation of a minor, felony murder by contributing to the deprivation of a minor and concealing the death of another person.

Police say Hicks admitted to giving birth and placing the infant in the trash. A garbage truck driver found the newborn’s body in the back of his truck on Dec. 6.

According to the Savannah Morning News, the Chatham County grand jury believed Hicks drowned the newborn in the toilet.

Despite the indictment, Patricia Hicks says her daughter is not a murderer.

“I want people to know my child is not the type of person to commit murder or do something she knows is wrong,” she told WTOC. “She went through a traumatic experience by herself.”

The mother also claims that her daughter did not show any signs of pregnancy.

“My child had a period. The whole time she never stopped having one,” she told the station. “There was no way she knew she was pregnant. My child did not start dressing differently.”

It wasn’t known late Wednesday whether Hicks had an attorney, and she could not be reached for comment.

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