Woman accused of leaving newborn in trash can bails out of jail

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- The Kearns woman charged with attempted murder after her baby was found in a neighbor’s garbage can was released from jail Monday night.

As she exited the Salt Lake County Jail, Alicia Englert, 23, spoke to FOX 13 about the case.

“I’m embarrassed and it shouldn’t have happened,” Englert said.

Prosecutors contend Englert secretly gave birth to a baby girl in August, and then did not feed the infant for more than a day before dumping her in a neighbor’s garbage can.

Englert told FOX 13 she suffers from mental disabilities, which she said contributed to the incident.

“I have mental problems, and I was scared,” Englert said. “I think I have a disability, and I shouldn’t have done it.”

According to Englert, she didn’t even realize she was pregnant until she went into labor inside her parents’ home.  When asked if she knew that disposing of the child was wrong, Englert replied, “No.”

In court Monday, Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills reduced her bail from $500,000 to $25,000.  The decision came after the prosecution told the court that Englert was not a threat to public safety, unless she was pregnant.

“As long as she doesn’t get pregnant again, I really don’t think she presents a risk to the public, or to do this kind of behavior again,” said Rob Parrish, Deputy Salt Lake County District Attorney.

In order to be released, Englert was ordered to comply with certain conditions, which included having no contact with an ex-boyfriend, as well as her parents and a former employer.

While it was not part of the bail conditions, Judge Hruby-Mills and Parrish both strongly advised Englert to not get pregnant.

Due to claims from Englert’s family that she suffers from a mental disability, Englert was also ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation. While her defense attorney is also planning to file a petition to determine mental competency in the next few weeks, police have said in the past they have found no evidence of Englert’s disabilities.

"We're still in a fact gathering mission and petition for competency is just determining whether she's competent to move on and stand trial. So, there are concerns but we're still going through factors, still going through records,” said Zach Wyher, Englert’s attorney.

Englert’s daughter was in critical condition in the days after she was found, due to malnourishment. The baby is now in the custody of the Division of Child and Family Services. According to Parrish, DCFS plans to do a paternity test to try to determine who the father is.

The video below is the raw footage from FOX 13 News' interview with Alicia Englert after she bailed out.

5 comments

  • Tyler

    She deserves to rot in prison. No mentally disabled person is going to party. It’s an excuse and that judge is stupid for lowering her bail. What a pathetic excuse of a human being

  • Steve Green

    If Englert is aware that she has a mental disability ( excuse ) she should have asked what to do with the child. I had an aunt that was 76 she had a mental disability, but she knew that killing a child was wrong. This is sad.

    • Tyler

      Plus a few weeks before she was partying . If you have that bad of a “disorder” that you would be willing to kill a child you wouldn’t be partying at the club. -.-

  • staci

    I hope her child gets adopted out to parents who will love her unconditionally and she never has to ever see that women again.

  • Joyce

    Same thing happened in Orem over a decade ago with a mother that lived across the street from Planned Parenthood. While out of jail she got pregnant again, unbeknownst to anyone, and gave birth to another baby which drowned in her toilet, immediately after which she herself died of postpartum hemmorhage. You can google it.

    It wouldn’t kill these women to spend their time until trial in jail.

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