Most people take a cruise to relax and get away from it all. Not so for Alicia Keir. On her cruise, something gruesome occurred.
Alicia Keir, 24, of DeMotte, Indiana, pleaded guilty to an involuntary manslaughter charge in federal court. What did she do? Horrifically, she admitted to giving birth on a Caribbean cruise ship and leaving the baby girl to die under a bed.
In October, 2011, Keir gave birth in her stateroom. She wrapped the baby in a towel and hid her under the bed. She knew that she was pregnant and did not tell her travel companions. She also knew the baby was born alive. Keir told United States District Judge Rudy Lozano the following, according to the Associated Press.
“She did not move. She did not make a sound. I should have gotten help.”
A cleaning crew found the dead baby when the ship arrived at port in St. Maarten, Keir then flew home.
U.S. Attorney Randall Stewart said that a doctor found that the baby died from exposure and lack of care, and court records show the baby was born without any diseases or defects. Federal prosecutors noted that they have jurisdiction because of Keir’s Indiana residency, even though the baby died at sea.
Keir will be sentenced on August 20. She faces up to eight years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when she is sentenced. Under her plea agreement, prosecutors and the defense can argue for what they believe is an appropriate sentence, according to the New York Post.
Do you think that eight years in prison is sufficient for killing a baby or not getting needed help for the baby? If not, what penalty would you give? Please leave your comments below.
Thankfully, the majority of people who have children love and accept them for who they are. They will do whatever is necessary to give their offspring a great life. Simon Moore, 30, was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome. Treacher Collins Syndrome affects one in 50,000 babies and is characterised by craniofacial deformities such as the absence of cheekbones. He is also profoundly deaf. As a result of his differences, he has faced cruel abuse throughout his life. His daughter, Alice, was born with a milder form of Treacher Collins Syndrome than her father. Alice has full cheekbones and only the slightest gap below her eyes, which makes them droop slightly. Simon and his wife did not abort their baby despite some people encouraging them to do so, according to an article in the Inquisitr. They love their daughter for the individual she is.
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