Marie-Pier Normand-Lejeune, the 22-year-old mother of a newborn found dead in a garbage container at a residence on the south shore of Lac Saint-Jean, has been charged with second-degree murder.

Quebec provincial police officers were called to a home in Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix early last Friday morning after the woman was brought to the hospital with stomach cramps.

Hospital staff realized she she recently given birth and asked police to search for a newborn.

After searching the home, police found the baby in a garbage container outside the apartment building with no signs of life.

Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix is on the south shore of Lac Saint-Jean, about 500 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

Psychiatric evaluation

Normand-Lejeune was charged Monday morning via video link from her hospital bed.

Her lawyer, Marie-Ève​ St-Cyr, has asked for a psychiatric evaluation.

"Based on the information I have, she doesn't seem to realize what is going on," St-Cyr said.

As soon as she is well enough to leave the hospital, Normand-Lejeune will be immediately taken into custody.

She is expected to appear in court on March 3.