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Warrant: Disturbing details in newborn's death led to murder charges

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Sarah Mangus appeared in court Monday and pleaded not guilty to charges including murder by abuse in the death of her newborn daughter. Sarah Mangus appeared in court Monday and pleaded not guilty to charges including murder by abuse in the death of her newborn daughter.
Jamie Mangus is also facing charges of murder by abuse and manslaughter in the death of his newborn daughter, Krystal. Jamie Mangus is also facing charges of murder by abuse and manslaughter in the death of his newborn daughter, Krystal.
Sarah Mangus, 29, and Jamie Mangus, 34, booking photos. Sarah Mangus, 29, and Jamie Mangus, 34, booking photos.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Court documents outline the 12 hours between the birth and death of a baby girl whose parents are charged with murder, including allegations they used a potato chip bag clip and a hair clip on the umbilical cord and took the baby to several stores and houses without going to the hospital.

Sarah Mangus, 29, and Jamie Mangus, 34, are facing charges of murder by abuse and first-degree manslaughter for the death of their newborn daughter Krystal Mangus.

The baby was born at 4:30 a.m. April 12 in a north Portland apartment and died that afternoon.

According to court documents, Sarah Mangus used a clip that is typically used for open bags of chips on the newborn's umbilical cord. The placenta was wrapped in a sleeping bag and left on the kitchen floor.

'Killing time' and 'crazy errands'

The suspects said they called Sarah Mangus' mother to give them a ride to the hospital, according to a search warrant affidavit.

The warrant states she was taking a long time, so they went to a convenience store to get soft drinks and doughnuts.

In the store, Sarah Mangus said she brushed the umbilical cord, which was now being held closed with a metal hair clip, causing the baby to cry out, court documents state. Sarah Mangus said she was concerned the umbilical cord is what was causing the baby to be "so fussy."

Sarah Mangus said they then spent upward of two hours at Safeway, "killing time until they could get her mom to answer the phone," court documents state.

Safeway employees were later interviewed by police and described Sarah Mangus as "really tweaked out" and said she was "picking at the baby," according to the search warrant affidavit.

The worker said the baby appeared to be purple or blue in color, so she offered to call 911 for them, but Sarah Mangus declined.

Once they connected with Sarah Mangus' mother, the suspects said she drove them around on "all kinds of crazy errands," including going to the homes of friends, instead of going to the hospital, court records state.

Sarah Mangus' mother told Fox 12 outside the courtroom on Monday that, "My daughter did everything she could to get that baby up to the hospital after it was born. She cleaned it up, had it dressed in clothes and everything. The umbilical cord was clamped off real good."

Court documents state Jamie and Sarah Mangus eventually left her mother and took a bus back to the St. Johns area. When asked why they didn't go straight to the hospital, court documents state, "Jamie said they wanted to show off their daughter to friends."

Baby stopped breathing

According to the warrant, about a block from a friend's house, Sarah Mangus realized her baby was not breathing and did not have a pulse. She would later tell police the newborn only had about three-quarters of an ounce of formula since her birth 11 hours earlier and was not taking to efforts to breastfeed.

Once at the friend's house, court documents state someone called 911 and a woman attempted CPR on the baby.

Homicide detectives were then called to the scene following the baby's death. A search warrant affidavit states Jamie Mangus was crying and seemed worried about his daughter, but Sarah Mangus was "not as distraught as she would have expected of a mother" and appeared to be on "some kind of drugs."

After the baby's death, Sarah Mangus was taken to the hospital for a checkup. When a detective asked about a possible cause of the baby's death, court documents state Sarah Mangus quietly replied, "could be because I was using meth."

The child's cause of death was determined to be methamphetamine intoxication and neonatal pneumonia, according to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's office.

Mangus told police she was a meth user, but said she last used the drug a week before the birth. She admitted to being on Vicodin at the time of questioning, the warrant states.

Court documents state that a blood draw at the hospital on April 12 from Sarah Mangus tested positive for amphetamine and oxycodone.

Police contacted the Department of Human Services and learned Sarah Mangus had given birth to five other children and none of them were currently in her care. The search warrant affidavit states one baby born in December 2009 was kept in the pediatric intensive care unit for a month after birth due to seizures from withdrawals.

Sarah and Jamie Mangus pleaded not guilty in court Monday and are set to face trial on Aug. 26.

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