Blood was splashed across the bathroom floor of the student's college dorm room near Baltimore early yesterday, and she was missing. In a panic, her roommate called police, who quickly found the woman at her parents' house in Prince George's County.

About 8:30 a.m., she led officers to a storm drain outside the house, where her newborn girl lay dead, police said.

The woman, a 20-year-old student at Villa Julie College in Owings Mills, told police she drove from the school to her parents' home in Clinton, then put the baby in the drain 10 feet underground.

She told police that when her baby was born, the infant took a gasp of air, then stopped breathing, according to a police source familiar with the case who did not want to be identified because it is open.

Police did not release the name of the woman, who has not been charged with a crime. They said they are awaiting autopsy results before they will decide whether to charge her. The results could come back as early as today.

"It is being investigated as a suspicious death," said Sgt. Vickie Warehime, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman.