A woman in Wyandotte, Michigan, gave birth to her baby in an office bathroom, cut the umbilical cord with cuticle scissors, and then sealed the newborn in a plastic bag.
Kim Pappas, 25, did not tell any of her co-workers she was pregnant.
On March 31, she went to the bathroom and delivered her baby boy while at work. In order to keep the baby a secret, she sealed him in a plastic bag and then put him in a drawer at her desk inside a tote, reports The Daily Mail.
Pappas’ coworkers reportedly heard moaning and crying coming from the bathroom, prompting them to go have a look. Pappas was already gone when they arrived but they found the bathroom covered in blood.
Emergency services were notified and they approached each employee at the freight management company.
Blood was found on Pappas’ clothes, which led to the discovery of the baby in the drawer.
The newborn was found lifeless and later reported dead at the hospital.
The baby is believed to have been in the bag between 15 and 30 minutes, reports the Detroit Free Press.
Pappas admitted to what happened but said she had a miscarriage. The autopsy showed the baby died from suffocation.
Pappas is facing charges of felony murder, premeditated murder and first-degree child abuse. She was denied bond at her arraignment.
According to her defense attorney, Ray Cassar, Pappas has been undergoing mental health therapy and argued that if she had intended to murder the baby, she would not have done so at work.
Bond was requested so Pappas could continue her treatment.
Her parents, whom she lives with, were present at the arraignment.
"They love their daughter very much" and they want her to continue treatment "surrounded by people that love her," Cassar said. "And she's not going to get that kind of love at Wayne County Jail, unfortunately."
Cassar does not know who the father of the baby is or whether she truly grasps what occurred. He believes there are “serious issues” with Pappas’ mental state.
"I don't think she understands what's going on," Cassar said. "I don't."
Lora Weingarden of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said mental health issues, and the possibility of fleeing due to the serious charges against Pappas, were reasons why bond was denied and she will remain jailed.