Kayla Stewart, the woman charged with murdering her newborn son and leaving his remains in the garage of her Fairfield home, will be in Somerset County Superior Court Friday for a hearing on whether she should get bail.

Stewart, 20, entered no plea Jan. 25 in her initial court appearance. Stewart has been held without bail at Somerset County Jail in East Madison since her arrest Jan. 22. Friday’s Harnish hearing will determine whether she can continue to be held without bail, or which bail should be set.

She is represented by Pamela Ames, of Waterville. Ames couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Thursday morning.

Stewart is alleged to have killed the baby on or around Dec. 31, according to a criminal complaint filed by Maine State Police Detective Scott Bryant.

Details on the cause of death have not been released, and a police affidavit in support of the charge has been sealed in court.

Fairfield police and the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office said they had no record of any police response to 457 Norridgewock Road — the address where Stewart lives with her boyfriend, Nicholas Blood, 25 — in the weeks before the baby’s remains were found.

Stewart was arrested 10 days after police found the remains of a full-term baby boy in the detached garage of the gray mobile home on Norridgewock Road, which is Route 139.

State prosecutors have not commented on whether charges will be brought against Blood and have said the case is still under investigation.

Maine State Police searched the home and garage on Norridgewock Road for four days after discovering the remains of the child on Jan. 11. Police have refused to say what prompted the search.

Blood and Stewart also have a 3-year-old daughter who is staying with relatives, Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said last month.

A murder conviction in Maine is punishable by a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and maximum sentence of life in prison.


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