Lawyer: Mom in abandoned newborn case grief-stricken

Ursula Watson
The Detroit News

Eastpointe — The court-appointed attorney for the woman police and prosecutors say is responsible for the death of her newborn baby boy found at a recycling facility says his client is grief-stricken.

“She appears to be despondent over the death of the newborn and she is chronically depressed,” said Steven Kaplan, lawyer for Angela Alexie.

Alexie is slated to appear for a scheduling conference in 38th District Court in Eastpointe on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old was arraigned in the same court Jan. 28 on murder and abuse charges. Bail was set at $1 million and she is being held in the Macomb County Jail.

The baby’s body was found Jan. 14 among discarded items at a recycling depot in Roseville. Officials are awaiting DNA confirmation she is the newborn’s mother.

According to police, the infant showed no obvious signs of trauma. His umbilical cord was attached, meaning the baby may have been discarded shortly after birth. He is believed to have been born about Dec. 22 and died Dec. 24.

Kaplan said he will make a point that Alexie didn’t live an enviable life, which may have contributed to her actions.

“She was homeless on Dec. 22,” Kaplan said. “She suffered from serious, unremitting depression. She is totally bereft of parenting skills and she had no family support.”

While such circumstances don’t absolve Alexie they are important, Kaplan said.

“This is a state of mind case,” Kaplan said. “Was it her intent to kill the newborn? Or the alternative? Did she try to care for the newborn with her limited means?”

Alexie already had lost custody of three other children, officials have said.

Kaplan said Alexie will be evaluated for criminal responsibility.

“Ideally the court system would find that she is lacking criminal responsibility and then she would not be sentenced to prison but instead would be committed to a psychiatric center for treatment,” he said.

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