(TOPEKA, Kan.) — Marysville resident Lauren Holle is convicted of second degree intentional murder, aggravated abandonment of a child, and abuse of a child, following her pleas of guilty to all three charges.
Sentencing is scheduled on August 24 in Marshall County.
"This is a tragedy that didn't have to happen," said Attorney General Steve Six in a statement. "This horrible crime and unnecessary loss of life would have been prevented simply by surrendering the child under the Kansas Newborn Infant Protection Act. All women and their families need to be aware of the safe haven law that exists in Kansas."
On June 16, 2009, Holle gave birth to a child, wrapped it in a plastic garbage bag, and stowed the baby in her vehicle's back seat.
When her family sought medical attention for Holle due to bleeding, she provided information to doctors which led to discovery of the baby in her car. The child was born alive but died due to lack of proper care or restriction of breathing.
The Kansas Newborn Infant Protection Act became law in January 2007.