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Calgary mom who dumped babies in trash must serve 18 more months

By Arthur Weinreb     Jan 30, 2014 in Crime
Calgary - Meredith Borowiec must spend 18 months more in jail in addition to the the 18 months she has already served for throwing three newborns in dumpsters in 2008, 2009 and 2010. That last infant survived.
Borowiec appeared in a Calgary courtroom yesterday for sentencing. Prosecutors had requested a sentence of eight or nine years while the woman's lawyers sought a sentence of time served. The sentence imposed by Justice Peter McIntyre amounted to a sentence of three years in prison.
As Digital Journal reported last November, Borowiec was arrested after she dumped a newborn baby she had just given birth to in a dumpster. A passer-by heard noise coming from the trash and the baby was ironically rescued by Ian Turnbull who fathered the babies who were born in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Borowiec had managed to keep all three pregnancies a secret from her boyfriend.
When the 32-year-old was being interviewed by police in 2010, not only did she admit throwing the infant into the dumpster after she had given birth, but admitted doing the same thing in 2008 and 2009. The bodies of the first two infants were never found.
Borowiec was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault. Late last year, she was tried on the two murder charges. Judge McIntyre found her not guilty of murder but guilty of the lesser and included offences of infanticide. The offence of infanticide is committed when a woman wilfully commits an act or omission that leads to the death of a newborn while her mind is disturbed by the effects of having given birth or lactation.
Prior to being sentenced on the infanticide charges, Borowiec pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in relation to the third child who survived.
In passing sentence, McIntyre said, "You've shocked the community and you've shamed yourself. This is a terrible case." But the judge went on to note that Borowiec was remorseful and he had previously found her mind had been disturbed on all three occasions after giving birth. McIntyre also noted Borowiec had been cooperative with the police; without her confession, the deaths of the first two newborns would never have become known.
Borowiec read a statement during her sentencing hearing. She said, "It hurts me everyday knowing what I've done. I have accepted what has happened and feel horrible about it all. I don't think I can express in words how sorry I am."
In addition to the jail time, McIntyre placed Borowiec on probation for a period of three years. And Borowiec voluntarily entered into a peace bond for a period of 10 years. Should she become pregnant again, her pregnancy will be able to be supervised.
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