Rathdrum woman facing charges in death of newborn baby

Elizabeth Keyes
Credit: KCSO

RATHDRUM, Idaho — A Rathdrum woman has been arrested and charged with homicide in the death of her newborn baby.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and Rathdrum Police Department were called to assist with the homicide case shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Detectives were told 22-year-old Elizabeth B. Keyes and a deceased baby had been taken to Kootenai Health by another woman. Authorities said evidence showed the deceased baby may have been alive at birth and Keyes, the child’s birth mother, was responsible for the child’s death.

Detectives collected evidence from a home and hospital, including an autopsy, and obtained a warrant to arrest Keyes.

She faces one count of first-degree murder.