Alicia Marie Englert is a woman in Utah and the mother of a newborn baby girl who was arrested and has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly putting her newborn baby in a neighbor’s trash can.
The 24-year-old Alicia Marie Englert (mugshot photo above) of Kearns, Utah near Salt Lake City gave birth to the baby girl approximately two days before the alleged incident.
According to ABC 4 News quoting the probably cause statement, investigators concluded that Englert put her newborn baby into the trash can of a neighbor early on Tuesday morning; she had given birth on Sunday. It was approximately an hour later that the neighbor discovered the baby after hearing sounds that suggested at first that it was a cat.
The statement also notes that “the birth mother was afraid to tell her parents about her pregnancy. She said she discarded the baby in hopes that it would die and solve her problems.”
Initially, Englert was escorted out of the house — police covered her with a jacket to conceal her identity — and sent for medical care and a mental health evaluation and her name was not reported by media. She was later arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on a charge of attempted murder.
The report goes on to quote a police spokesman who said that the infant was airlifted to a hospital in Salt Lake City in critical condition and is described as being in extremely critical condition and fighting for life. Prior to being found in the garbage can, the infant had received no medical attention or food.
Police also report that it is unknown where the baby was born, and that it is believed the baby was in the garbage can for about an hour and suffers from a lack of care and does not have “secondary injuries.”
ABC 4 News also quotes a woman– who declined to give her name — who claims to be Alicia Marie Englert’s sister and said “She doesn’t think like a 24-year old.” and added, “She has like some learning disabilities.” The woman also claimed to not have known that Englert was pregnant.
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Photo: Alicia Marie Englert
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