Alicia Marie Englert, a 23-year old mother in Kearns, Utah, has been arrested for allegedly dumping her 2-day-old infant in a trash can. I question the need to use the term ‘allegedly’ here, because it seems she has confessed to the act, and given her reasons – she “hoped the newborn girl would die in the trash and solve her problems”. Ummmm…problems? What problems would those be? An overdose of inhumanity? Lack of common sense? A complete absence of compassion? Those ARE some pretty serious problems, but, unfortunately, I don’t think dumping your baby in the nearest trash receptacle is the way to solve them. Unless by solve them, you mean “make them worse”.
Apparently, she hid her pregnancy from her parents (whom the article indicates she was living with), and her parents have indicated that Alicia “had a learning disability and didn’t understand her actions.” Sorry, I’m gonna call BS on that. By her own admission, the baby was a “problem” that she wanted to “solve” and she hoped it would die in the trash. Those comments tell me that she not only understood the concept of death, but she knew that placing the baby in the trash could cause the death of her daughter. Premeditation. I don’t care how low your IQ is, if you can conceal a pregnancy, and devise a plan for getting rid of the baby after it’s born, you are smart enough to know better. For more comments from the parents and neighbors, check out the link above.
The baby was found by a neighbor who mistook the baby’s cries for those of a kitten, and went to fish the kitty out of the trash can. I’ll bet she was really surprised when the ‘kitten’ turned out to be a hairless, tailless baby girl. According to reports, the baby had not been fed or given any medical care before being placed in the can. Is anyone surprised? Yeah, neither am I. So the baby was born, left to go hungry for two days, and then unceremoniously dumped in a neighbor’s waste bin. She was airlifted to a hospital where she is currently in critical condition, and on a ventilator. I hope the poor baby improves, and is placed with someone who will lavish her with all of the love she deserves.
Back to the parents of this oxygen wasting baby factory….Both of them said she was – I’ll be nice here – mentally challenged. BOTH parents. They’re either lying, or they were not doing THEIR jobs in the parenting department either. She still lives at home, so perhaps she is not able to manage her own affairs. If that is the case however, then how in the name of Satan’s skivvies did she end up pregnant? And the parents don’t know who the father is? What?!?! do they just allow their mentally disabled daughter to run around with all of the neighborhood boys, sans supervision? If that is the case, then a case could be made against them for neglect, as well.
There are so many inconsistencies with this one that I have a feeling someone is going to be changing their tune, and soon. Alicia has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, and is currently a resident of the Chateau Grey Bar, AKA the Salt Lake County Jail. I hope she stays there for a good long time. Without food, and preferably in a trash can. A very SMALL trash can.
As a final aside, Utah has a safe haven law. If she really wanted to get rid of the “problem”, she could have taken the baby to the nearest hospital, and no one at her home would have ever been the wiser.