A Colorado woman has been convicted of infanticide after throwing her newborn baby over the fence and leaving her to die. The conviction comes at a time that Democrat presidential candidates and members of Congress are blocking a bill to stop infanticide when it comes to babies who survive abortions.
Camille Wasinger-Konrad, 25, gave birth to a baby girl in her bedroom on January 2, 2018. Desperate to keep the birth a secret, she smothered the infant to death and then tossed the baby’s body over the fence and into her neighbor’s backyard. Then she walked away.
Prosecutors say the baby began crying shortly after Wasinger-Konrad gave birth, so the woman covered her nose and mouth to keep her quiet.
A horrified neighbor found the baby’s body that night when she went to her backyard and found her dog sniffing the baby’s body. She brought the infant inside her home and immediately dialed 911.
When police came to investigate, Wasinger-Konrad said that she woke up that morning with bad stomach cramps, and “the baby just came out,” according to CNN affiliate KDVR.
“I just got rid of it,” she said in an interview recorded on a deputy’s body camera, KDVR reported.
A jury found Wasinger-Konrad guilty of first-degree murder of a child by a person in a position of trust, first-degree murder after deliberation, and tampering with physical evidence, the district attorney’s office said.
“This tiny baby was smothered by her mother, flung over a neighbor’s fence and left to die by the only human she had ever known,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Christopher Gallo said in closing arguments. “This defendant hurled her newborn 11 feet over an 8-foot fence, knowingly consigning her to her death. This little girl died in the cold without the dignity of even a name.”
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Deputy District Attorney Valerie Brewster told the jury that the newborn was left there for a total of 948 minutes.
“This defendant went about her day, knowing her unnamed daughter was there, helpless. She thought and made that choice,” Brewster said, according to the district attorney’s office.
Wasinger-Konrad will be sentenced in November. She faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole and the sentencing is set for November 15.
There is little difference between this horrible case and what happens to babies who are left to die after they survive failed abortions other than a possible attempt to make abortion survivors comfortable before their death. While criminals like Wasinger-Konrad will be sent to prison, abortionists are not prosecuted.