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Kimberly Pappas apologized for killing her newborn baby boy at her job before she was sentenced Monday.

“I just want to thank my family,” 26-year-old told the judge and her family as her voice broke slightly. “The pain, grief and and regret I have really can’t be put into words and is going to be with me the rest of my life.”

Her father, James Michael Pappas, pledged his support and that of his family to their daughter before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Morrow sentenced her to nine to 20 years in prison.

“We love you and forgive you,” he said. “We will support you with as many visits as we can. Your mother and I encourage you to take care of yourself.”

Pappas’ attorney, Raymond Cassar, asked Morrow to include mental health treatment for her while she is incarcerated calling the crime “aberrant behavior” for the woman. Cassar and Pappas’ other attorney, Patrick Ogurek, said the woman did not mean to kill the child.

“It was a bad choice in as much she didn’t call for help,” Cassar said. “The birth came (quickly) and she panicked.”

Added Ogurek: “It wasn’t an intentional act.”

Cassar said Pappas “has a tremendous amount of remorse” over her newborn baby’s death

Pappas pleaded guilty earlier this month for the asphyxiation death of the full-term infant. She was facing possible life behind bars for the crime in which she was accused of putting the baby in a plastic bag in her office desk drawer at her Redford Township job March 31.

Initially charged with felony murder, premeditated murder and first-degree child abuse, Pappas pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

The charges of premeditated, felony murder and child abuse were dismissed against her during the sentencing Monday. Pappas will get credit for 185 days jail time she has already served.

Pappas, who was a temporary worker for CEVA logistics on Glendale Street, delivered the baby boy in the toilet at her workplace.

The young woman had previously denied her pregnancy, according to her sister and co-worker, Cassandra Pappas. She never bought baby items for the family's home and did not discuss her options, such as abortion or adoption.

Pappas had been found criminally responsible and mentally competent to face charges.

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