Eastpointe mom in newborn’s death: 'I wish I could take it all back'
Mount Clemens — Angela Alexie said she made a “mistake” when she left her newborn son to die in a cold garage after giving birth to him just before Christmas in 2014.
For those actions, the 25-year-old Eastpointe woman will spend the rest of her life in prison.
“I wish I could take it all back,” she said in Macomb Circuit Court Judge James Biernat Jr.’s courtroom Tuesday.
Alexie was convicted of felony murder and first-degree child abuse. The baby’s frozen body was found at a Roseville recycling facility about 21/2 weeks after he was born.
No one spoke on behalf of the baby, which died of hypothermia and malnutrition.
Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said after the sentencing he believed Alexie was happy the baby was dead. Smith said Alexie went out and partied and posted photos of her “new slim figure” on social media after the incident.
“As a father of three young children, this case disgusts me,” he said. “This woman had all kinds of options. We know there are thousands of parents out there waiting to adopt young children.”
Alexie said in court that she had a history of drug abuse.
“I did heroin, I did crack ... anything I could get my hands on,” she said.
Alexie told police in a videotaped interview she was alone and scared to tell anyone she had given birth because she didn’t want people to know she had been pregnant. She also said she was afraid Child Protective Services authorities would take the baby away, as they had done with her three other children.
She lost custody of those children because of neglect.
Alexie said she gave birth to her son Dec. 22, 2014, and that she checked on him periodically and tried to breastfeed him before she found his lifeless body the night of Christmas Eve.
Alexie told police she put the baby in a plastic bag, which she placed near the garbage and recycling bins, Roseville Police Detective Brad McKenzie said earlier. She told police she had planned to bury the child but someone in the house on Gascony had placed the plastic bag in the recycling bin.
It was one of three versions of her account to police about what happened to her child, authorities say.
First responders and other volunteers buried the baby at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.
While the boy’s birth certificate refers to the him as John Doe, workers at the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office named him Henry Alexander Macomb, in part, after the county’s namesake, Gen. Alexander Macomb.
In an earlier court hearing, Cyndee Johnson recounted being the first one to make the grisly discovery of the baby’s body on a conveyor belt at the Roseville recycling center.
Johnson, 57, said she immediately knew the tiny, frozen figure among the plastics, metals and other materials was not a doll, but a baby.
She said the sight made her jump. “Stop the line! Stop the line! That’s a real baby!” Johnson said she yelled.
Johnson said she covered the baby with a blanket that was nearby.
“It was curled up like he was trying to keep warm,” she tearfully recounted. “It was cold. Blue and purple. Snow in its hair.”
Alexie’s defense attorney, Steven Kaplan, said on Tuesday his client was “remorseful” and “made a tragic decision” when she left the baby in the garage. He said Alexie’s actions were “attributable to immaturity, mental illness, a lot of cognitive challenges.”
“If she could return, judge, to that day, she would have acted differently and she would have saved the baby,” Kaplan said.