A Highlands Ranch mother accused of killing her newborn baby has pleaded not guilty by reason of impaired mental condition. Wearing an orange jumpsuit and her hair in braids, Camille Wasinger-Konrad, …
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A Highlands Ranch mother accused of killing her newborn baby has pleaded not guilty by reason of impaired mental condition.
Wearing an orange jumpsuit and her hair in braids, Camille Wasinger-Konrad, 23, appeared in court Nov. 2 beside her public defender. A handful of family members occupied the seats behind her. Wasinger-Konrad is required to have a mental examination, recorded on audio and video, by the state mental institute or Douglas County jail before her case goes to trial.
Wasinger-Konrad was arrested Jan. 2 after Douglas Regional Dispatch received reports of what a neighbor believed to be a lifeless infant left in her backyard, located in the 500-block of Longfellow Lane in Highlands Ranch. The neighbor was walking to her hot tub around 9:45 p.m. when she noticed the infant. She carried it inside and called 911.
According to authorities, after she had her baby, Wasinger-Konrad covered its mouth and nose so it wouldn't cry. She sat on her back deck for 10 minutes before tossing her baby over a 9-feet tall fence into the neighbor's backyard.
Wasinger-Konrad is charged with two counts of murder in the first degree and tampering with physical evidence. She was denied bond and has been held in the Douglas County jail for the past 10 months.
Wasinger-Konrad had been renting a room in a family's Highlands Ranch home for about four months, according to details released at a preliminary hearing in March.
The night of Jan. 2, after responding to the neighbor's home, patrol noticed a bloody shower curtain in a trashcan out front of Wasinger-Konrad's residence, according to authorities. The family said earlier that morning they had seen blood on a blanket in their backyard and in Wasinger-Konrad's bathroom. Wasinger-Konrad told them she was vomiting blood from a medication she had been taking.
Wasinger-Konrad said she had no idea she was pregnant and woke up with stomach pains that morning, according to authorities. Her family and boyfriend at the time refused to talk to law enforcement.
Wasinger-Konrad will appear in court on Feb. 26, when her mental health report will be addressed.
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