Sentence in baby’s death: Kimberly Pappas Sentenced

Published: October 27, 2015

Sentence in baby’s death: Kimberly Pappas Sentenced, A 26-year-old woman on Monday expressed her indescribable pain and regret for the death of her newborn son whom she stuffed into a plastic bag after giving birth to him at her suburban Detroit workplace.

Kimberly Pappas was sentenced to 9 to 20 years in prison. The Wyandotte woman earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder under an agreement with prosecutors to drop charges including felony murder and child abuse.

At the court hearing on Monday, Pappas thanked her family for their support and expressed her regret for killing her baby.

‘The pain and grief and regret that I have about this really can’t be put in words, and it’s going to be with me for the rest of my life.

‘But I just want to say that I’m sorry and I wish that I would have made the right choices that would have stopped all this and wouldn’t have led me here,’she said.

Police said the baby was discovered on March 31 at Pappas’ desk after his birth in the restroom of business in Wayne County’s Redford Township. At the time, she was working as a temporary employee at CEVA logistics.

An autopsy determined the infant lived for 20 to 30 minutes and died of suffocation. His death was ruled a homicide.

The Detroit News reported that Pappas had previously denied her pregnancy, according to her sister and co-worker, Cassandra Pappas; she never purchased baby items and didn’t discuss options such as abortion or adoption.

One of Pappas’ lawyers, Raymond Cassar, asked that mental health treatment be provided for his client during her prison sentence, saying that her reaction to her son’s birth was ‘aberrant behavior’ and that she did not mean to kill the child.

‘It was a bad choice in as much she didn’t call for help,’ said Cassar. ‘The birth came (quickly) and she panicked.’

Her father, James Pappas, said his family had ‘unconditional love’ for her and would be there when she was released, WDIV-TV reported.

‘Kimberly, we love you very much,’ he said. ‘We will support you with as many visits as we can.’


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