Suspected mom of newborn left in Wisconsin field arrested

A woman believed to be the mother of a dead newborn child found abandoned in a southern Wisconsin field earlier this month has been arrested, police said Monday.

The 39-year-old Whitewater woman was arrested Friday, the Whitewater Police Department said in a news release posted on its Facebook page. The woman, whose name wasn't released, was being held in the Jefferson County Jail.

Charges of concealing death of a child and resisting or obstructing an officer were being forwarded to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, police said.

The newborn boy was found March 4 in a plastic bag inside a cardboard box, wrapped in a light-colored shirt and wearing no additional clothing, Whitewater Police Chief Daniel Meyer has said. Investigators believe the child was placed in the field less than 48 hours before he was found, Meyer said.