*Alicia Keir, 24, knew she was pregnant when she boarded the cruise ship with her friends, but for some reason, she didn’t share what others’ might see as joyous news with them.
That may be because she had an agenda: the baby would never live to see the light of day.
At some point during an October day in 2011, Keir quietly dismissed herself from her friends, went into her stateroom, and delivered the baby girl, as the ship continued to its Caribbean destination.
But when she came out of the room, she was alone.
The Associated Press states the DeMotte, Indiana resident entered a plea of involuntary manslaughter on Wednesday in a federal court.
She admitted to giving birth to a baby on a Caribbean cruise ship; wrapping the baby girl in a blanket, and putting her underneath the bed–leaving her there to die, according to court records.
“She did not move. She did not make a sound,” Keir told U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano, saying she knew the baby was born alive.
“I should have gotten help,” she said.
The deceased baby was found the next day by a cleaning crew; after the ship arrived at port in St. Maarten. Keir flew home from St. Maarten after the infant was discovered.
A doctor states the baby died from exposure and lack of care, U.S. Attorney Randall Stewart said. Court records show the baby was born without any diseases or defects. Keir said she knew she was pregnant but didn’t tell her travel companions.
Even though the baby died at sea, federal prosecutors are using Keir’s Indiana residency for jurisdiction in the case.
Keir will face a maximum eight years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when she is sentenced Aug. 20. According to her plea agreement, prosecutors and the defense can argue for what they believe is an appropriate sentence.
Now here is the confusing part (and I am sure, or at least I hope, that you caught it too: Since the woman admitted to leaving the baby under the bed to die, why would a plea of ‘involuntary manslaughter’ be entered?
Further, why would the court even accept such a plea?
Any attorney’s out there??