Virginia Woman Convicted of Trying to Kill Newborn Daughter

Prosecutors: Angela Janecka called her husband and told him the baby was stillborn; he found the baby alive in the dryer

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013  |  Updated 8:47 AM EDT
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A Henrico County woman faces up to 15 years in prison on charges of putting her newborn daughter in a dryer and leaving her to die.

Media outlets report that Angela Marie Janecka, 40, entered an Alford plea to attempted first-degree murder and felony child neglect Tuesday. An Alford plea means the defendant doesn't admit guilt but agrees that evidence is strong enough to convict her.

Prosecutors say that on Aug. 25, 2012, Janecka gave birth to a baby girl at home, but then called her husband at work and told him the baby was stillborn.

He found the baby alive in the dryer. The baby was in a plastic bag inside a pillow case.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported last fall:

ater that day, the husband came home to help clean up the apartment after the birth, and in the process, he discovered the baby girl -- still alive -- inside a plastic bag and pillowcase in the dryer, [Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Nancy] Oglesby said.

That afternoon, Janecka and her husband called their 8-year-old son's pediatrician's answering service to report that the baby had been born and that they needed help, Oglesby said. Henrico County fire and rescue crews responded to the home about 3 p.m. and took the baby immediately to St. Mary's Hospital.

The child is now living with a foster family. The couple's 8-year-old remains with his father, who has not been charged in the case.

Janecka is scheduled to be sentenced July 24 in Henrico County Circuit Court.

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