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Concealing-birth charge is rare in N.C.


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Sep 10, 2004
A woman charged last week with concealing the birth of her child faces a rare criminal charge that was only invoked twice statewide last year.

Vicentia Colon Noyola, 28, of 3215 Anderson Drive was charged Saturday with a felony count of concealing the birth of a child in connection with the death of a newborn boy found dead in her home Thursday.

Capt. Jim Tesh of the Winston-Salem Police Department said that more charges could follow.

"She was released from the hospital, and we went ahead and made the charge we had," he said. It will be up to the Forsyth County district attorney's office to determine if other charges are warranted, Tesh said.

District Attorney Tom Keith said he was out of the office late last week and had not reviewed the case.

Police are awaiting a report from the medical examiner's office on the cause of death. A medical examiner determined last week that the baby was full-term and born alive but had not yet determined a cause of death.