An attorney for Heather Mack says the convicted murder has "genuine concern" for her daughter, Stella Schaefer
The drama surrounding Stella Schaefer, the baby born to convicted killer Heather Mack inside a Bali prison, continues to heat up as her future remains unclear.
On June 12 in a Chicago courtroom, Stella’s grandmother Kia Walker told the judge that she is concerned about her granddaughter’s welfare and fears she is being sold for $150,000.
“The allegations of Heather selling Baby Stella for $150,000.00 are unequivocally not true and are nothing more than a smear campaign of Heather’s genuine concerns for Stella,” Mack’s attorney Michael Elkin told PEOPLE in a statement. “The financial motives of Kia Walker are coming to light by her own admissions.”
While vacationing in Bali last summer, the body of Mack’s 62-year-old mother Sheila von Wiese-Mack was discovered stuffed inside a suitcase after a taxi driver became suspicious that the suitcase in his trunk was leaking blood.
Heather Mack, 19, and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, were accused of killing her mother for her $1.5 million trust fund. They were convicted in April for premeditated murder. Schaefer was sentenced for 18 years and Mack was sentenced for 10 years.
For now, Mack has been caring for her daughter behind bars, which she is allowed to do for two years. Earlier this year, Mack told PEOPLE in an exclusive interview that she couldn’t imagine being separated from her daughter.
“I don’t want to separate my family,” she said at the time. “It’s too painful to think about having to be separated from my angel.”
Reporting by JOHNNY DODD
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