A Louisville, Kentucky woman who left her newborn girl in a Kohl's Department Store restroom trash to die pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Wednesday. According toWHAS, Jessica Price originally faced ten years in prison but instead she was given just five years of probation.
Price's attorney had pleaded for the judge to have mercy on her client, who she says has to live with this every day. Price's newborn baby was found dead in the bathroom of Kohl's in August of 2013. The prosecution used a graphic photo of the dead newborn to argue the heinous crime deserved an actual prison sentence.
Price delivered the baby girl during a work shift in the Kohl’s bathroom. The baby was born at full-term and would have survived with even "basic care," according to a report by the Courier-Journal. According to police interviews filed in court, Price thought the newborn was dead when she gave birth.
“I got scared, and I didn’t know what else to do,” she said according to the Courier-Journal. Price, now 32, said she didn't even know she was pregnant until one month before the delivery.
Price's attorney told the court about Price's troubled past, stating that she was bullied in high school and was suicidal at times. He stated that she has been getting treatment and will continue to do so.
The judge called the decision a difficult one but said Price is the one who must live with the heavy burden.
If Price violates the probation she will serve the ten-year prison sentence.
[Louisville Metro Corrections]