A Colorado woman who threw her newborn baby over a fence last year was convicted of murder on Wednesday in a Douglas County, Colorado, courtroom.
The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office reported that a Douglas County jury found 23-year-old Camille Wasinger-Konrad guilty of “first-degree murder of a child under 12 by a person in a position of trust,” along with tampering with evidence.
Wasinger-Konrad gave birth in a bathroom inside a Highlands Ranch home on January 2, 2018, then immediately tossed her newborn daughter over a fence. Her umbilical cord was still attached.
Around 15 hours later, Wasinger-Konrad’s neighbor, Jeanette Barich, found the baby on her deck, off of Longfellow Lane, and called 911, according to CBS4.
Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the home at around 10 p.m. and found the infant deceased at the scene. While searching the area, they spotted a bloody shower curtain in Wasinger-Konrad’s trash can. Wasinger-Konrad was subsequently arrested.
Wasinger-Konrad’s landlord, who told authorities that the defendant rented a room in the home, said he cleaned large amounts of blood out of the bathroom but had no idea that Wasinger-Konrad was pregnant.
Wasinger-Konrad told authorities that she, too, didn’t know she was pregnant until she gave birth. Yet, one of the detectives on the case testified that an employee at King Soopers supermarket, where the defendant worked, said Wasinger-Konrad requested a less-demanding schedule because she was expecting a baby.
“I just got rid of it,” the defendant later said.
Deputy District Attorney Valerie Brewster told the jury that after Wasinger-Konrad gave birth, she covered the little girl’s mouth to stifle her cries, then wrapped her in a blanket and tossed the baby over an 8-foot neighboring fence.
“This tiny baby was smothered by her mother, flung over a neighbor’s fence and left to die by the only human she had ever known,” Brewster said. “This defendant hurled her newborn 11 feet over an 8-foot fence, knowingly consigning her to her death. This little girl died in the cold without the dignity of even a name.”
“This defendant went about her day, knowing her unnamed daughter was there, helpless. She thought and made that choice.”
The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on November 15. She faces life in prison without parole.
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