Utah Mom To Be Evaluated For Leaving New Born In Trash Can
SALT LAKE CITY – Lawyers for a Utah woman, who left her baby to die in a trash, are saying that her mental state is the main problem in the incident. The child, who was found in serious condition, is now in state custody.
On Wednesday, 23-year-old Alicia Marie Englert appeared in Salt Lake City court for the 1st time with her hands tied behind her back. Her eyes looked half closed and she was wearing black-framed glasses.
According to prosecutors, Englert gave birth to a baby girl on 24th August at midnight in the bathroom of the Kearns, Utah home she lived in with her family. She didn’t feed her or give her any medical attention before wrapping her in a towel, placing her in a trash can and going to work after 2 days.
A report by CBS affiliate KUTV showed that Englert told police she placed the child in the garbage, and that she did not know she was pregnant prior to the birth of the child.
A state judge permitted Englert’s lawyers almost a month to evaluate her before her next hearing. According to the Defense attorney, Susanne Gustin, the case is totally horrible and full of sorrow but asked the public to withhold judgment. “We just ask people to be patient and wait for the information to come out and to maybe give everyone a greater understanding of why this happened”, she said.
According to Englert’s family, she has a learning disability and didn’t know what she was doing when she left the newborn in the trash can. Gustin said lawyers are still attempting to find out whether Englert understands the charges or not. “Obviously, this is going to be a case of what was going on with Alicia”.
If convicted, Englert is being held on $500,000 bail and faces up to life in jail on an attempted murder charge.
The condition of the baby girl has improved since she was taken to a hospital in serious condition on 26th of August.
A neighbor found the baby under bags of garbage. The neighbor thought she heard a cat purring, but the baby was suffering from hypothermia and respiratory distress because of being under the garbage.
Salt Lake County District Attorney, Sim Gill, said that the child was dirty, smelly and had a blood-borne infection. He said the child would have died if she wasn’t found and treated some more hours. State child welfare workers have custody of the baby, who is now in stable condition.
The child’s father has not been publicly identified.
Englert is scheduled to appear in court for her next appearance on 6th of October.
News Source: www.CBSNews.com