With her newborn daughter wrapped in a purple sarong, Heather Mack, the Chicago teenager on trial for the grisly murder of her mother at an upscale Bali resort, left an Indonesian hospital Sunday, flanked by guards, and was driven back to her prison cell.
“She is doing well,” Mack’s stateside attorney Anthony Scifo tells PEOPLE, “and is absolutely ecstatic about becoming a new mother. She’s totally in love [her baby] Stella. She and her daughter have spent the past couple days getting acquainted with one another.”
Scifo declined to comment on whether Mack, 19, would be keeping the infant – born on March 18 by Caesarian section – in her cell at Bali’s notorious Kerobokan prison. Officials at the jail reportedly allow new mothers to spend the first two years of her life with their infants.
The infant’s father, Tommy Schaefer, 21, who is also on trial for the murder of Mack’s mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, has yet to see his daughter.
Police have accused Schaefer of beating von Wiese-Mack to death in her hotel room with the metal handle of a fruit bowl Aug. 12 after the two got into a heated argument.
Mack allegedly helped stuff her mother’s body into the suitcase, then sat on it in order to get it closed. If convicted of premeditated murder, the two Chicago residents could face death by firing squad.
The couple’s trial is currently underway, and a verdict could be reached within several weeks.
“This is a very stressful time for her,” Scifo adds, “but the one joy she has in this world right now is that she has Stella.”
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