Criminal charges against a West Chester woman who delivered her baby in a toilet were withdrawn after the Chester County coroner's officer ruled that the infant's death was accidental.
At a preliminary hearing on Sept. 9, Deputy District Attorney Jacqueline Carroll asked West Chester District Justice Dawson R. Muth to drop the charges against June Christy, 23, of the 300 block of East Barnard Street.
Christy had been charged with third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and endangering a child in the June 15 death of her baby. Carroll said last week that charges were brought against Christy because the initial autopsy report, issued in July, had termed the death "infanticide." But a subsequent investigation by Dr. Robert Catherman, a Philadelphia pathologist and specialist in infant death, concluded that the death was an accident because the delivery was unexpected.