Alicia Marie Englert, the 23-year-old mother from Utah who prosecutors allege dumped her newborn baby daughter in a trash can at a nearby home in the Salt Lake City suburb of Kearns so her parents would never know she’d been pregnant, was charged with attempted murder, according to a Sept. 5 statement from Salt Lake County Attorney Sim Gill. USA Today reported that, according to Gill, Englert’s actions were deliberate; and she “tried to kill the baby by depriving her of food and medical care before leaving her in the bottom of her neighbor’s trash underneath other bags of trash.”
The alleged attempted murder of the baby girl occurred on Aug. 26. The infant was discovered when “a neighbor heard sounds of what she thought was a purring cat in her trash can.” Upon the gruesome discovery, the baby was flown to a nearby hospital in critical condition and suffering from hypothermia and respiratory distress.
Gill said that Englert gave birth to her daughter around midnight on Aug. 24 in the basement bathroom of her family’s home. Reportedly, Englert wrapped the baby up in a towel and just left the newborn on the bathroom floor and then went to work the next day per usual, “leaving the baby alone without feeding her or getting her any care.” The next morning around 6 a.m., the mom dumped the baby girl in her neighbor’s trash can, according to Gill.
The baby was dirty, smelly and had a blood-borne infection, Gill said.
“If the baby had not been discovered and not received medical condition, it certainly would have died,” he said.
Since arriving at the hospital, the condition of the infant has improved; and she’s now listed as being in fair condition. Gill said that the fact that the baby is doing so well now and steadily improving is “a testament to how resilient these babies can be.”
Englert is currently being detained at the Salt Lake County Jail and being held on $500,000 bail. The Utah Child and Family Services Agency is now overseeing the legal care of the infant and “determining options for custody.”
Fox News reported Englert’s parents as saying that their daughter has a learning disability and “reads and comprehends at about a third-grade level, despite being 23 years old.” The parents said that they had no idea that their daughter was ever pregnant and that they’re devastated to think that “she discarded the baby in hopes it would die and solve her problems.”
Gill said that as of now, he has no evidence of a learning disability attributed to the young mother. “If Englert suffers from any condition, that issue will be dealt with as the case moves through the courts,” Gill added. Check out the video accompanying this article to see Englert’s first court appearance.