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Nikki Reardon, 32, has been charged with tampering with a human corpse, child endangerment and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon

By Steve Helling
April 08, 2021 04:37 PM
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Nikki Reardon
Credit: Baytown Police Department

A Texas woman was apprehended months after authorities found the body of her 2-month-old daughter in a duffel bag packed with ice.

Nikki Reardon, 32, had been under investigation September 2020, when the pink duffel bag was found in a hotel room in Baytown, Tx. A 911 caller alleged that the infant had been dead for at least 48 hours.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Reardon wearing a sports bra and shorts, San Angelo Online reports. Children's clothing and toys were strewn around the room, but Reardon allegedly ignored questions about the infant.

According to charging documents obtained by ABC-13, police also found methamphetamine and marijuana in the hotel room. Reardon allegedly told police that she was selling methamphetamine and cocaine to make a living. Then police found the duffel bag.

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When she was interviewed by police, she allegedly said that she took a nap and woke up to find the baby dead. When police asked why she didn't call for an ambulance, she allegedly responded, "It was too late. She wasn't breathing. What were they going to do?"

Reardon was due in court last month on an unrelated aggravated robbery charge. After she failed to appear, authorities issued a warrant for her arrest and charged her with other crimes related to the death of her daughter. She was apprehended earlier this week.

According to online records accessed by PEOPLE, Reardon was booked Monday in the Harris County Jail. She has been charged with tampering with a human corpse, child endangerment and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Bond has been set at $35,000, but Reardon remains behind bars.

Court documents do not reflect an attorney authorized to speak on Reardon's behalf, and she has not yet entered a plea.