A Salt Lake City woman who has been accused of abandoning her newborn baby in a trash can has been granted one supervised, 90-minute “goodbye visit” with the now 3-month-old child, the AP reports.
23-year-old Alicia Englert was arrested after the child, a baby girl, was discovered by a neighbor in an outdoor trash bin. Englert had given birth to the child at her home and allegedly left it for dead a day later without caring for it. According to the Huffington Post, the child was apparently suffering from hypothermia, respiratory distress and a blood-borne infection.
The baby has since recovered from its injuries after undergoing treatment at a local hospital, and she expected to be adopted by another, unrelated family. Englert is facing life in prison on attempted murder charges for her actions, but a review is currently underway to determine whether she is mentally fit for trial. She was released for bail in October following her arrest.
Englert’s parents, who claim that their daughter suffers from a mental disability and did not realize she was pregnant or understand the severity of throwing away her baby, are also expected to attend the goodbye visit. The visit, which is legally separate from the criminal proceedings, was still vocally opposed by the prosecuting attorney.
“I’m pretty sure Alicia said goodbye to the baby when she put the baby in the neighbor’s trash can,” said attorney Robert Parrish.
Sources: The Associated Press, The Huffington Post / Photo Credit: Fox13Now