A Michigan woman who was charged with homicide in April for giving birth to a baby boy in a bathroom stall while at work and then allegedly causing his death by hiding him in a plastic bag in a cubicle drawer has been ordered to stand trial for murder charges, according to reports.
The lawyer for Kimberly Pappas, 25, has said his client suffers from “serious mental health issues” and has sought treatment for her, but in July, Pappas was found mentally competent.
The Redford Township District Judge Karen Khalil called the case “very difficult” on Monday during a preliminary examination, according to the Associated Press.
Pappas allegedly cut the umbilical cord with cuticle scissors before hiding the baby, a detective told a reporter at the Detroit Free Press.
Police say the baby was found March 31 after Pappas’ co-workers allegedly found blood in the bathroom and called 911. Pappas told officials she had a miscarriage, but an autopsy revealed the baby’s death to be a homicide and found that the child lived 20 to 30 minutes before dying of suffocation.
Pappas will be arraigned Aug. 31 in Wayne County Circuit Court.
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