A Michigan woman will stand trial for murder in the death of her newborn son last year.
On Tuesday a Redford District Court judge ruled that there is enough evidence to charge 24-year-old Kimberly Pappas with murder and child abuse.
Last March, Pappas reportedly gave birth in the bathroom of her office. She allegedly cut the umbilical cord using cuticle scissors, put the newborn in a plastic bag, and put the infant in a tote bag by her desk.
Employees who found blood in the bathroom called the fire department who found the child suffocated in the bag.
Pappas is charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse.
Pappas’ attorney, Raymond Cassar, says the murder charge should have been dropped to involuntary manslaughter.
“I think the mental health issue goes to whether or not there was any intent,” Cassar told WWJ’s Jason Scott. “You have to show that she specifically intended this to happen. It’s clear to us that she didn’t have enough time to think about anything.”
A medical examiner determined that under appropriate circumstances, the baby would still be alive.
“Of course, this wasn’t under the most appropriate circumstances,” Cassar said. “It was a fast one-hour birth.”
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