Pennsylvania Woman Charged With Manslaughter After Leaving Baby Outside In Plastic Bags

Some pregnancies are planned to a T- you know when you'll conceive, regardless of what number child you're on. While some factors such as how long it'll take to conceive may be hard to nail down, you already know for a fact that you want to have a baby. But there are other pregnancies that aren't planned at all. Whether you're too young, not financially secure or simply don't feel ready to have a baby, there are ways to go about navigating this particular situation.

This was the situation presented to one Luzerne County, Pennslyvania woman, who left her newborn for dead in grocery bags outside. The woman in question- 39-year-old Andrea Sue Litter- gave birth to a baby girl on the toilet in the bathroom of a home. This occurred back on November 2nd, 2018. Afterward, Litter allegedly put her daughter inside two plastic grocery bags and then discarded near a burn pit outside of the house.

Horrifyingly, the baby girl was allegedly alive at the time she was placed in those plastic bags. Litter's boyfriend and brother called 911 after seeing her pass out, and it was at the hospital where they discovered that she'd recently given birth. The hospital called the police- but by the time they located the newborn, she was already deceased. The forensic pathologist ruled the newborn's death as a homicide. The cause of death was said to be a combination of asphyxia, hemorrhaging, hypothermia and prematurity.

via Advanced Pediatric Associates


Police arrested Litter, and she was later charged with involuntary manslaughter. This charge can result in spending five to 10 years in state prison. She managed to be released this past Thursday on a $100 000 unsecured bail that has additional conditions. Namely, Litter is to follow all of the recommendations from the treatment team assigned to her and isn't allowed any unsupervised contact with children. Her attorney, Chief Public Defender Steven M. Greenwald, also waived her right to a preliminary hearing, and a dispositional hearing at the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas has yet to be scheduled. Greenwald has revealed that a plea deal has been reached, but no details on the plea deal have been made public.

Allegedly, no one close to Litter knew that she was pregnant. Notably, Greenwald has said that his client has dealt with "intellectual disabilities". He also said that Litter has an IQ that's in the 60s. She had a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Team assigned to her to make sure that she attends all of her court and medical appointments.

It will be interesting to see what comes from Litter's plea deal. Until then, our thoughts are with her deceased newborn baby.

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