Officers who found the baby said the body had already begun to decompose, the newspaper reported.
“I wasn’t exactly thrilled about being pregnant, that’s the truth,” Wheeler told police, according to court records. Investigators said she is an admitted heroin and cocaine addict.
Before going to the hospital in Wilkes-Barre, Wheeler and her friend went twice to a local drug treatment center. Wheeler also returned home and cleaned up her bathroom, where her daughter was born, police said.
Aside from her concern about the ramifications against her, Wheeler also expressed fear that the baby's death could affect a criminal case against her husband, the Sun-Gazette reported.
Richard Hall Wheeler, 35, is in jail awaiting trial for aggravated assault. Police alleged that he kicked his wife in the stomach in January, despite her pregnancy, the newspaper said.
Township police said the baby’s autopsy was inconclusive as to her cause of death. They are awaiting toxicology results to determine if her mother’s drug use contributed to her death.
Both Wheelers are being held at the Lycoming County Prison. Old Lycoming Township in Williamsport, located about 180 miles northwest of Philadelphia.