Missouri Woman Gets 1 Year in Jail For Leaving Baby in Trash Can

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County woman who admitted leaving her newborn daughter in a trash can to die has been sentenced to a year in jail.

21-year-old Towanda Rogers will also serve six years’ probation under the sentence she received last week. Rogers was originally charged with second-degree murder but pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.

Authorities said Rogers gave birth to a daughter she called Akeyla on Christmas Day 2008. The baby was found dead two days later in the trash behind her mother’s home, wrapped in a towel and blanket. She had died of hypothermia.

St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch says Rogers told police she put the baby in the trash thinking she had died.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

  • TJ

    A year! Please tell me there is something I am missing? To think that this poor baby was born alive, then placed in the trash to freeze to death.. I wish I’d never heard this sad, sad story. RIP little Christmas baby. (Perhaps you were in some way spared from the years of what was to come, had you been raised by this woman.)

    Was there a reason why she was only sentenced to 1 year, anyone? Gosh, this story kills me. Poor little life.

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