Mother Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Putting Newborn in Dryer

CBS DC

HENRICO, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — A Virginia woman convicted of leaving her newborn daughter in a dryer to die will spend more than three years in prison.

Media outlets report that 40-year-old Angela Marie Janecka was sentenced Wednesday in Henrico Circuit Court.

Prosecutors say Janecka, of Henrico, called her husband, who was at work, on Aug. 25, 2012, and told him the baby was stillborn. He found the baby alive in the dryer. The baby was inside a plastic bag inside a pillow case.

Janecka had entered an Alford plea in April to attempted first-degree murder and felony child neglect. An Alford plea means the defendant doesn’t admit guilt but agrees that evidence is strong enough to convict them.

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