A 27-year-old Connecticut woman, who was either unaware she was pregnant or was hiding her pregnancy, was found dead in her home yesterday after giving birth to triplets alone in the house.
The woman’s mother arrived home about 1 p.m. and found her daughter and the three infants, all boys, on the floor, police Detective Ben Trabka said.
Trabka would not identify the woman, but sources said she was Victoria Hope, 27. The house is owned by her parents, William and Frances Hope.
“We received a medical call and found that a woman had died,” Trabka said. “It appears that she died giving birth to the triplets in the house.”
Autopsy results were not available Tuesday night.
It appeared the triplets were carried full-term, Trabka said, although he added the family was apparently unaware that Hope was pregnant.
Hope was the mother of two other children, a 6-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, Mihalko said.
Jamie Sandin, who knew Hope since their freshman year at Shelton High School, said she was shocked when she heard her best friend of 13 years had died.
“My legs went numb, I got nauseous. I couldn’t understand how it could happen,” she said. “I called my mom; I didn’t know what else to do.”
Sandin said her death is a devastating loss.
“She was an incredible mother, a loyal friend and she touched everyone’s life in a positive way,” she said. “We always hung out and would have a great time together.”
Sandin said she had no idea her best friend was pregnant.
“I spoke with her yesterday,” she said. “I never heard her say anything about it.”
She said she just wants to know why she didn’t tell anyone — including her boyfriend, Ricky, the father of her two children, Devin, 6, and Gabby, 2.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, death from childbirth is relatively rare, with fewer than 600 American women dying annually while giving birth as of 2006.
This is so sad. We can’t help but wonder how she carried triplets to full term without her pregnancy being obvious to everyone? This seems to be a deadly case of denial. With proper prenatal care those four deaths may have been prevented!!!