Eastpointe woman sentenced to life in prison for newborn’s death

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 22, 2016

 Alexie stands alongside her defense attorney, Steven Kaplan, as he reiterates the facts of the case. Alexie was found guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse after leaving her newborn son in a garage until he died in December 2014.

Alexie stands alongside her defense attorney, Steven Kaplan, as he reiterates the facts of the case. Alexie was found guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse after leaving her newborn son in a garage until he died in December 2014.

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MOUNT CLEMENS — An Eastpointe woman convicted of leaving her newborn infant in a garage for days until his death was sentenced to life in prison during a hearing in Macomb County Circuit Court April 19.

A jury found Angela Alexie, 25, guilty March 4 on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse regarding her newborn son’s death in December 2014. Alexie had given birth Dec. 22 in the garage of the house she had been staying at after spending months hiding the pregnancy. She never brought the newborn indoors, and he died after a few days, on Dec. 24.

His body turned up at a Roseville recycling facility Jan. 15, 2015. Alexie told police she had planned to bury him in her parents’ yard and left the body in a bag near the garbage, which she said was thrown out by someone else.

Alexie’s defense attorney, Steven Kaplan, said that his client was remorseful and that while the tragic death of her infant could have been attributed to immaturity, mental illness or cognitive problems, she could not turn back the clock and change things even though she wished she could.

Despite initially stating that she had nothing to say, Alexie offered an apology to the court before her sentencing went through.

“I’m sorry,” Alexie said. “I wish I could take it all back.”

She then admitted to Judge James Biernat that she has had substance abuse problems — with pills, heroin and crack cocaine — and reiterated that she felt remorseful about the incident.

Following the sentencing, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said that there “isn’t much to be happy about” with the verdict, since the case itself “disgusts” him.

“There are thousands of parents out there who want to adopt children,” Smith said. “She could have dropped that child off (at the Fire Department) but instead left him in the garage.”

Smith added that he does not believe Alexie was remorseful over her son’s death, given that just days after he died, she was posting on social media accounts about her “weight loss.”

He said putting her in prison for the rest of her life was the best way to make sure she does not have or hurt any more children. Smith said he hopes the state’s safe harbor laws — where newborns can be brought to fire stations and other locations without any questions — will make these kinds of “reprehensible” cases something seen progressively less often.

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