HENRICO, VA—The court case for a Henrico mother accused of leaving her newborn baby in a dryer was delayed until February in a Henrico court room Friday.
Angela Janecka, 39, faces attempted murder and felony child neglect charges, stemming from an incident in which she allegedly placed her newborn daughter inside a plastic bag in a pillow case, and left her in the dryer. She was denied bond during a September court appearance.
The prosecution argued that at twenty weeks Janecka and her husband sought an abortion, but were told the pregnancy was too advanced. Prosecutors said Janecka then began telling her husband and several friends that the baby was stillborn.
Janecka allegedly told her husband, who was absent at the time of her delivery, that the baby had been born dead, and that a doctor had taken the child away.
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Nancy Oglesby said in a prior arraignment hearing that when Janecka's husband came home later in the day, he discovered the baby in a plastic bag inside a pillow case inside their apartment's dryer, alive.
The couple left a message on their 8-year-old son's pediatrician's answering machine later that day, which said their baby had been born, and requested assistance from the doctor. Police arrived to the home at approximately 3:00p.m.
The newborn weighed over 8 pounds, and did not have any visible injuries, police said. She is now in custody of Child Protective Services.
The couple's 8-year-old son remains in the father's custody. Janecka's husband has not been charged.
Janecka's defense attorney, Nikki Clarke, remains hopeful: "I feel that the law is on our side, but obviously emotions get wrapped up in those decisions, so it is a judgment call on the part of the judge."
Clarke describes Janecka as a loving mother, who is devoted to her 8-year-old autistic son. She also believes that because Janecka has no previous criminal record, she isn't a flight risk.
"She's doing well under the circumstances, she would very much like to be out and be at home with her husband and son," said Clarke after one of Janecka's previous court appearances.
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