Kimberly Pappas sentenced to 9-20 years for the asphyxiation death of her full-term baby

By Dave Andrusko

Kimberly Pappas (Photo: David Coates / The Detroit News)

Kimberly Pappas (Photo: David Coates / The Detroit News)

Detroit– Earlier this month Kimberly Pappas pleaded guilty for the asphyxiation death of her full-term baby whom she delivered alive in a bathroom , stuffed into a plastic tote bag, and hid inside her work desk for about a half-hour.

Yesterday she was formally sentenced by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Morrow to nine to 20 years in prison.

Pappas pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after being initially charged with felony murder, premeditated murder, and first-degree child abuse. She had faced possible life behind bars.

“The charges of premeditated, felony murder and child abuse were dismissed against her during the sentencing Monday,” according to Oralandar Brand-Williams of the Detroit News. “Pappas will get credit for 185 days jail time she has already served.”

As NRL News Today reported , the baby boy was discovered on March 31 at Pappas’ desk after his birth in the restroom of the business where Pappas was working as a temp.

The baby’s death was ruled a homicide when an autopsy determined he had lived for 20 to 30 minutes and died of suffocation.

Employees at CEVA Logistics said they heard moaning coming from the woman’s bathroom. When they investigated they found blood all over the bathroom stall.

They rushed back to the office to find out if everyone was okay. Only one woman at first didn’t answer–Pappas. No one knew she had been pregnant, including her parents.

Redford police were called and when they arrived they discovered Pappas had blood on her. They found the baby in a plastic bag in her office desk drawer

Fire department responders tried to resuscitate the baby. However he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

In her testimony last August, Pappas said she cut the umbilical cord with a nail clipper and bagged the baby and placenta separately. At the time she was found criminally responsible and mentally competent.

At yesterday’s sentencing, her father, James Michael Pappas, pledged his support and that of his family to their daughter.

“We love you and forgive you,” he said, according to Brand-Williams. “We will support you with as many visits as we can. Your mother and I encourage you to take care of yourself.”

Pappas’ attorneys told the court that she did not intend to kill the baby, that her conduct was “aberrant behavior” for her.

“It was a bad choice in as much she didn’t call for help,” said attorney Raymond Cassar. “The birth came (quickly) and she panicked.”

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