Woman who left baby in trash can at Louisville Kohl's store sentenced to probation
Jessica Price will not be going to jail -- unless she violates her probation.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The woman who admitted to leaving her newborn in a bathroom trash can in a Louisville Kohl's store -- a newborn who was later found dead -- will serve time on probation.
Court documents show Jessica Price, 32, was working at Kohl's on Standiford Plaza Drive in August 2013 when she gave birth to a baby girl in the bathroom.
Price admitted to leaving the child in the trash can. Police say she then left the store and returned two hours later when police were called.
Investigators say the baby was born full-term and healthy and that the death was the result of an intentional act.
On Wednesday, Price's family members watched as the sentence was handed down. Price's attorney told the court this is her first-ever conviction and read a statement she prepared for the judge, in which she admitted that she "made mistakes."
"As horrible a result as this is, I believe that nothing like this will ever happen again," Jefferson Circuit Judge Olu Stevens said.
Price's past came into play Wednesday, which includes no criminal history but years of mental instability, including suicide attempts and a miscarriage.
Prosecutors showed a photo of the child in court and asked Stevens to send Price to prison. Instead, Price will be placed on high supervision during her probated sentence and is subject to random drug testing. She was also ordered to continue counseling for PTSD.
If she violates that probation, she'll go to jail for 10 years.
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