PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Police on Tuesday released the name of the woman whose newborn baby girl was found dead at an Amazon distribution center in Phoenix nearly a week ago.

Police booked Samantha Vivier, 22, on suspicion of unlawful disposal of human remains. 

She made her initial appearance Tuesday night, during which the prosecutor recommended she be released on her own recognizance. The commissioner agreed, stating that there is no evidence at this point to indicate that Vivier actually harmed the baby. Prosecutors believe the baby was stillborn.

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Newborn baby found dead in bathroom at Amazon distribution center, police say

Phoenix police say a newborn baby girl was found dead in a women's restroom inside an Amazon distribution center and that investigators have located and spoken with the mother.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, Vivier is an Amazon employee and she claims she did not know she was pregnant.

The baby's body was discovered Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in a restroom at the facility near 51st Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road. 

According to court documents, Vivier gave birth inside the woman's restroom "sometime" after she clocked out for lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 16. She said the baby wasn't breathing or moving.

Vivier remained in the stall and until another Amazon employee gave her paper towels and a plastic bag to clean up the blood on the bathroom floor.

Police say she placed the baby inside the plastic bag and put it in the garbage can under the counter in the bathroom and left. She told a supervisor she needed new pants and when she couldn't get any, a friend picked her up.

At around 3:30 p.m., a janitor was cleaning and noticed the trash can was heavier than normal and discovered the dead infant.

When police interviewed Vivier on Tuesday, they said she told them she gained about 15 pounds but didn't feel a baby moving inside her and didn't visit a doctor during the past year.

She said she didn't see the baby move or breathe after giving birth, court documents state. Vivier also said she wanted to hide the birth from the father of the baby and "panicked after giving birth."

While the prosecutor said during Vivier's initial court appearance that the baby was stillborn, it will be up to the medical examiner to make that determination.


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If abortion services were more readily available - and not so vilified by the Christian whackos (sorry, redundant...) stories like this would be less prevalent. And yes, a medically performed abortion is more humane (and LEGAL) than what happened here.


"Any country that accepts abortion, is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what it wants." YOU are the "wacko" for wanting to murder babies.

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Please take your personal issues elsewhere. This is AZ FAMILY


I echo the BIRTH CONTROL sentiments. You MUST use it..or you will end up with kids who grow up to be like this person.


Hard to understand how someone can throw away a life, even in fear.


They kill millions of babies each year and the government says it is okay. Why would this surprise you?


Young ladies need to be educated as to what to do with unwanted babies instead of dumping them in dumpsters or garbage cans in restrooms! Most states will allow dropping off at a fire station. Hope her baby was born dead and not killed after birth.poor gal must have been really confused as to what to do!


Like I said, BIRTH CONTROL. If you're going to be sexually active, don't put yourself in this position.


Always use birth control. You can get it at Planned Parenthood now, before conservatives take it away. (White men know what's right for a lady.)


Planned parenthood is more interested in murdering unborn babies. That makes them much more money = MY money.

Bob Regan

And people like you Dean, are more interested in spreading ignorance and lies about what Planned Parenthood does. For decades, Arizona has been ranked in the bottom 5 % of states when it comes to all areas affecting the welfare of it's children. about you start worrying about doing a better job taking care of the children who are already here.


I am not "spreading ignorance" Bob, The truth is "Any country that accepts abortion, is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what it wants." Planned Parenthood encourages murdering babies because that is how they get the tax money that I am providing.


And your federally funded Crisis Pregnancy Centers lie to vulnerable women and attempt to get them to carry their pregnancies to term. Those places are unethical and shouldn't even be allowed to operate, let alone receive state and federal funding.


you can get birth control at walgreens. c0nd0ms are pretty effective if used correctly. pretty cheap too.

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