La Crosse Woman Faces Charges In Child Death

A 21-year-old La Crosse woman faces a charge of concealing the death of a child ... after her dead baby was found in a garbage can.

Kristine Boehme made her first appearance in La Crosse County Circuit Court Wednesday.

Police say she had wanted to tell someone what happened ... but before she did, the owner of her apartment complex noticed a foul smell from the garbage can and called police.

Authorities say Boehme eventually told investigators she had given birth and thought the baby was dead so she disposed of the body. It was so badly decomposed when found that an autopsy couldn't determine if the baby was born alive.

The charge against her carries a possible prison term of three and a half years.