An Indiana woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to leaving her baby to die after giving birth on a 2011 Caribbean cruise.
Alicia Keir, 24, acknowledged she was guilty of involuntary manslaughter in a federal court hearing.
"She did not move,” Keir said to U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano, according to the Huffington Post. "She did not make a sound."
“I should have gotten help,” she added.
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"Rather than alerting the medical staff on the ship or my companions, I gave birth alone in the stateroom," Keir's written plea deal read, according to the Hamilton Spectator. "Following the delivery, I did not summon help … I wrapped the child in a towel and hid the deceased infant under the bed."
A day later, when the ship had docked, a cleaner discovered the dead infant.
U.S. Attorney Randall Stewart noted that a doctor’s examination confirmed that the baby was born healthy, but died due to exposure and lack of care.
After the baby was discovered, Keir flew home and was arrested. She said in court that, although she knew she was pregnant, she did not tell any of her companions on the trip, which had been organized to celebrate a friend’s birthday.
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Although Keir’s crime was committed at sea, Indiana prosecutors have the power to deal with the case because such crimes can be tried in the state where the accused resides, according to the Spectator.
Keir could face up to eight years in prison for her actions, and a maximum fine of $250,000. However, her plea bargain states that the prosecution and defense can argue for a sentence they deem appropriate.
Her sentencing is due on Aug. 20.
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