Woman sought as witness in murder investigation

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By Lisa King

Kentucky State Police are asking for the public's help in locating a woman who may know something about a Shelby County murder investigation.

The investigation involves a Lexington woman, Tonya Nicole Brown, 25, who allegedly threw her baby in the trash in a Shelby County dumpster last week. Brown, who had just given birth to a full-term baby girl, put her daughter in a plastic bag before putting the child in the garbage on Sunday, April 6.

Brown, who is married, was arrested the following Thursday and charged with murder after admitting to police that she had disposed of the child and gave them the location of her daughter's body.

A KSP arrest report stated that "the defendant intentionally caused the death of her newborn daughter" and that "the information was obtained from this officer and detectives of the Lexington Metro Police Department to whom the defendant confessed."

She was initially arrested in Fayette County, but has been moved to the Shelby County Detention Center where she is under a $500,000 bond.

On Wednesday, April 16, KSP issued a press release to the media requesting the public's assistance in finding a woman captured on surveillance tape. The video was taken inside the White Castle Chevron gas station near Exit 35 on I-64 in Shelblyville. where the dumpster is located. The woman in the video is described as a white female with dark hair. Anyone who has any information about this woman is asked to call KSP at Post 12 at (502)227-2221 and ask for detective Luke Vanhoose or detective Kevin Calhoon.

According to KSP, the unknown woman is not a suspect, but a possible witness.

Brown was arraigned in Shelby District Court Tuesday.

Her next court appearance is set for Thursday, April 24, at 1:30 p.m.