Woman charged in baby’s death

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 23, 2001

WATERPROOF, La. – A Tensas Parish woman has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of her newborn infant, Louisiana State Police said Thursday.

April Hrenko, 22, of Waterproof, was arrested Tuesday, said Trooper Cam Douglas of Louisiana State Police Troop F.

She also was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was being held at the Richland Parish Detention Center. Bond information was not available as of press time. Another arrest may be made in connection with the case, but Douglas would not elaborate on the ongoing investigation, which is being conducted by the state police and the Tensas Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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On March 13, Hrenko was transported to a local hospital and treated for heavy bleeding due to natural childbirth. She was then transported to Louisiana State University Medical Center at Shreveport for further treatment.

&uot;She claimed she had had a miscarriage, but doctors determined that she was in her third trimester. … That tipped (law enforcement) off&uot; that the case was a possible homicide, Douglas said.

Tensas Parish Sheriff Ricky Jones requested the state police’s assistance with a case that involved the possible homicide of Hrenko’s newborn child, whose gender has not been released.

A search was conducted at the Hrenko shared with her boyfriend, Andrew Wade Miller, on Texas Road just south of Waterproof, but no child was found.

But on Saturday, Hrenko told law enforcement officials where they could find the child’s body. That night, with a second search warrant in hand, officers found the child in the couple’s house. The infant was wrapped in newspapers.

The infant apparently died March 8, the same day it was born. The exact cause of death could not be determined from the initial autopsy due to decomposition of the body. A complete autopsy report might not be available for several weeks, Douglas said.

Hrenko was released into the custody of Tensas Parish sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday, was booked and was then transported to Richland Parish, Douglas said. Jones could not be reached for comment.

Coroner John Hugh Roberson Jr. would not comment on the case.

Miller, 26, was arrested Monday on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia due to drugs and related items found during the initial search of the house he shared with Hrenko.

Bond information for Miller was not available as of press time.