HENRICO, VA—The Henrico County mother who tried to conceal the birth of her daughter by placing the newborn in a plastic bag inside a dryer last August was convicted Tuesday and will be sentenced for attempted murder and felony child neglect.
Angela Janecka, 40, entered an Alford plea Tuesday, meaning she acknowledged there was sufficient evidence in the case to convict her. She faces up to 15 years in prison.
Janecka was charged with attempted murder and felony child neglect stemming from an incident in which she 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.
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Nancy Oglesby said Janecka and her husband admitted they did not want the child with which she was pregnant. Oglesby said that after Janecka gave birth, she called her husband and said the child had been still born, and was taken away in a plastic bag by a doctor.
Janecka's husband discovered the baby when he came home, after mistaking its cries for a cat. Emergency personnel were able to save the child, and she is now living with a foster family.
In September 2012, 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.
The newborn weighed over 8 pounds, and did not have any visible injuries, police said.
The couple's 8-year-old son remains in the father's custody. Janecka's husband has not been charged.
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