Mother who asphyxiated her full-term newborn sentenced to nine to 20 years in prison

By Dave Andrusko

Kimberly Pappas

Back in August defense attorneys for Kimberly Pappas called for lesser charges than felony murder, premeditated murder, and first-degree child abuse in the 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.

“There was no intent to harm or kill the newborn, they said,” according to the Detroit News’ Holly Fournier.

Yesterday the 26-year-old Pappas pled guilty to second-degree murder, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

“The plea agreement calls for nine to 20 years in prison, said Maria Miller, spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office. Pappas will be sentenced Oct. 26,” Fournier reported.

As NRL News Today reported, the 8.3-pound baby boy was born alive and died of asphyxiation, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office. He was 19 inches long.

Last March employees at CEVA Logistics told FOX 2 that it all started in the afternoon when they heard moaning coming from the woman’s bathroom. When they investigated they found blood all over the bathroom stall. (At the time, Pappas was not publicly identified as a suspect.)

They rushed back to the office to find out if everyone was okay. Only one woman at first didn’t answer, a 26-year-old from Wyandotte. No one knew she had been pregnant.

Redford police were called and discovered the young woman, who did have blood on her, had returned to her cubicle.

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

Pappas, who had told no one she was pregnant, initially told authorities she’d had a miscarriage. When an autopsy found that the newborn died by asphyxiation, his death was ruled the death a homicide.

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.

According to Fournier

Defense attorneys in August called the matter “a complicated case” and argued for an involuntary manslaughter charge in the death, highlighting testimony that Pappas appeared pale and in shock directly following the birth.

There was no intent to harm or kill the newborn, they said.

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