Police: Teen mom accused of drowning her son searched ways to do it

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A 19-year-old woman is accused of drowning her newborn son in a bathtub because she reportedly didn’t want to hear him cry.

Jenna Folwell called police Wednesday afternoon while at a park claiming her four-week-old son, Rainer, had been kidnapped. Police later found her son’s body inside her apartment.

Folwell has been charged with first-degree murder.

“When I held him in my arms I told him I was going to protect him and always take care of him. I couldn’t do that,” said the child’s father, Eric Canku.

Canku said he is unable to make sense of the tragedy.

“This is the last thing that smells like him this is one of the last things I held him in his arms with…and she took that away from me.”

Folwell admitted she put her son in the bathtub, according to court documents.

Her cell phone campaign search history on ways to kill an infant, according to court documents.

Canku said he never saw warning signs that his son was in danger.

“I asked her many times if she was OK, but there was never anything that set off a trigger or alarm that made me worry about her.”

At her initial court appearance Thursday, Canku spoke to the judge and asked for no bond or release. He also asked that Folwell serve life in jail without parole.

Folwell’s bond was set at $1 million cash.

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