Marisol Molina pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter on Monday, for taking a handful of abortion pills before having her baby, then leaving the infant girl tied in a plastic bag in a closet to die.
According to CBS, Molina ordered Misoprostol on the internet, a drug commonly used in abortions to induce contractions and expel an embryo. But Molina took the pill when she was apparently between seven and nine months pregnant.
She gave birth on the toilet in her home to a living baby girl on February 18, 2010. The 25-year-old mother then allegedly ripped the umbilical cord with her bare hands, wrapped the girl in a robe, tied her in a plastic bag and left her in a closet.
“The defendant induced the birth of her child only to wrap the baby in a robe and then tie the baby in a plastic bag and discard the bag in a closet as if it were garbage,” assistant Cook County state’s attorney Kevin DeBoni said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “The defendant left that helpless baby to die inside this bag concealed in a closet.”
Authorities found the baby dead the following day, after Molina felt ill, went to the hospital, and disclosed to doctors that she had had a baby. An autopsy showed air in the girl's lungs and stomach, indicating that she had been alive before she was placed in the bag, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Molina was originally charged with murder, but pled to the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. She was sentenced to three years in prison.