A Highlands Ranch woman has been found guilty of killing her newborn child.
On Aug. 27, a Douglas County jury found Camille Wasinger-Konrad, 25, guilty of first-degree murder in the January 2018 death of her daughter, according to a news release from the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Wasinger-Konrad, who will be sentenced in November, faces a mandatory penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
“Of all the many emotions of the magical first moments of a baby’s life, of all the many tender moments a mother shared in that first embrace with a completely helpless and fragile life, smothering a newborn and pitching its body over a fence in the cold of January is impossible to understand,” District Attorney George Brauchler said in the news release. “Who are we as a people that someone among us has such disregard for the most innocent of lives — a life they helped create? Disgusting.”
Early the morning of Jan. 2, 2018, Wasinger-Konrad gave birth to a child in the room she was renting at a home in Highlands Ranch, the release states. She covered the baby's mouth to silence the child, in an effort to not wake others in the home, then threw the infant into a neighbor's backyard. The neighbor found the deceased baby shortly before 10 p.m. that night and called the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
"This little girl died in the cold without the dignity of even a name," Chief Deputy District Attorney Christopher Gallo, who gave the closing arguments in the case, said in the news release.
The news release points out that since 2000, Colorado has had a Safe Haven Law, which allows a parent to hand over a newborn, up to 72 hours old, to an employee at any fire station or hospital with no questions asked.
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