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Henrico Mom Sentenced In Baby's Attempted Murder

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UPDATE: Janecka has been sentenced for a total 12 years, but will only serve 3 years 3 months behind bars.

On the charge of attempted murder she got 7 years, with the full amount suspended. On the charge of neglect, she got 5 years, with 1 year and 9 months suspended.


HENRICO, VA—The Henrico County mother convicted of attempted murder after she tried to conceal the birth of her daughter by placing the newborn in a plastic bag and leaving the child inside a dryer will be sentenced Wednesday.

Angela Janecka, 40, faces up to 15 years in prison after she was convicted of attempted murder and felony child neglect.

In April, Janecka entered an Alford plea, meaning she acknowledged there was sufficient evidence in the case to convict her.

The charges stemmed from a September incident in which Janecka placed her newborn daughter inside a plastic bag in a pillow case, and left the child in the dryer.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Nancy Oglesby said Janecka and her husband admitted they did not want the child. Oglesby said that after Janecka gave birth, she called her husband and told him the child was still born and was taken away 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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