Lawyer: Mom of baby found at recycle center charged too harshly

A court-appointed attorney for the mother of a newborn found dead in a recycling center says his client's mental capacity played a role.

He also says that what led to her baby's death wasn't intentional. 

Reality appears to have set in for 24-year-old Angela Alexie.

"She is despondent," her attorney Steve Kaplan said. "It is the first time she served time in jail missed being with her family."

On Dec. 22 Alexie gave birth to a baby boy inside an unattached Eastpointe garage. She told investigators her newborn wouldn't eat, but she never went for help.

FOX 2 is told Alexie continued to check on her child but the helpless baby died inside the cold garage two days later on Christmas Eve.

"She is dejected over what happened," Kaplan said. "She is very contrite over her son's death. If she could  travel back in time she would reverse whatever course she had taken." 

The newborn's tiny body wrapped in a torn black t-shirt, was discovered inside a dumpster at Roseville's ReCommunity recycling center on Jan. 14.

Through tips and eventually DNA testing, investigators were able to identify Angela as the baby's mother, who denies disposing of her own child.

"She did not take the child to the recycling center," Kaplan said. "That she had intended to give it a proper burial but the garbage bag had been taken by somebody unknowingly to a recycling center."

If she didn't, it's not clear who did. Or why Alexie didn't tell anyone she was pregnant - not even the people she was staying with the day she gave birth.

Alexie had claimed on her Facebook page she was a full-time mom - despite the fact her other three children ages 4,2 and 1 had been placed in foster care, reportedly due to neglect.

"My client has suffered from serious depression, long-term chronic," Kaplan said. "She's also less-than-average in intelligence."

Alexie now faces murder and child abuse charges.

Kaplan believes his client's mental capacity played a role in her decision. At most manslaughter would be the proper charge, he said, because she acted recklessly and not intentionally.

"The prosecutors case revolves around neglect on her part," Kaplan said. "There is no allegation here of intentional acts against a newborn. She did not assault the baby or hurt the baby in any way."

Kaplan said that Alexie gave police permission to properly bury the child but now that her family is involved, they may be taking over the arrangements. 

Alexie will be back in court Feb. 4 for a probable cause hearing. She is currently in prison on a $1 million bond.

Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories you may be interested in - includes Advertiser Stories