Woman sentenced for killing newborn in plastic bag at work

- A Wyandotte woman learned her punishment for the death of her newborn baby on Monday.

Kimberly Pappas pleaded guilty to killing her baby boy after delivering the child in March in a bathroom while at work in Redford Township.

Pappas was ordered to serve nine to 20 years in prison for the death of her newborn son. 

The prosecution has said they believe that after the birth, Pappas put the baby in a plastic bag and then put that bag in a tote bag near her desk. An employee alerted the Redford Fire Department, who came to her work and attempted to resuscitate the baby. The child was immediately taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead.

An autopsy determined that the newborn lived for 20 to 30 minutes and died of suffocation.

It was a by-the-book sentencing because both sides had already reached an agreement before they came to court Monday. Both sides agreed nine to 20 years in prison was fair for the death of the child. The judge stuck to that agreement, while also giving 180 days credit for time served.

Pappas was quiet in the courtroom. She was charged with second-degree murder for the death of her full-term child. Pappas had a chance to address the court. First she thanked her parents, then she owned up to what she did.

"... Thank my parents and my family for all their love and support, and the pain and grief and regret that I have about this really can't be put in words, and it's going to be with me for the rest of my life. But I just want to say that I'm sorry and I wish that I would have made the right choices that would have stopped all this and wouldn't have led me here," she said.

Pappas' parents were in the courtroom Monday. Her father made a victim impact statement as the grandfather of the child.

He told Pappas that he and her mother would always love her and they would be there to support her, not only through visits and coming to check on her while she is in jail, but also when she gets out. They said they would keep their room for her, they're praying for her and they will be there with her while she spends at least the next eight and a half years in prison.

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