GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — The mother of a newborn girl who was found abandoned in the woods has been sentenced to 18 months in prison but may be able to serve most of that time in a residential facility.
The Capital Gazette newspaper reports that Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Stacy McCormack last week sentenced Olivia Dee-Rose Thompson to 10 years in prison, suspended after 18 months.
Thompson’s attorney, Debra Saltz, said the judge left open the option of reconsidering Thompson’s sentence. McCormack has scheduled a hearing in August to weigh the possibility of Thompson being released into a residential treatment program if she successfully completes a specialized program at a detention center that provides mental health case management services to inmates with mental health issues. history of mental illness, trauma or addiction. .
Thompson, 20, was charged with attempted murder and child abuse after a bystander discovered a newborn baby in the woods off the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail last July. When questioned by police, Thompson said she placed the baby outside her Glen Burnie home “almost immediately” after giving birth in her bathroom, saying she had no idea she was pregnant.
Saltz said Thompson was afraid her parents would find out about her pregnancy and that she had been exploited by the child’s father.
The little girl stayed outside for about five hours and was covered in ants, Assistant State’s Attorney Anastasia Prigge said last month, arguing for Thompson to be sentenced to 10 to 18 years. Prigge said the baby is “doing fine” and her father is seeking custody of the child.
Maryland is a “Safe Haven” state, meaning it allows distressed parents who don’t want to care for infants to safely surrender custody at a hospital or police station with no questions asked. .
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