Mother Of Newborn, Found In Garage, Sentenced To Prison Term
A woman whose newborn son was found dead in the family's garage is going to prison for 9 years.
State Police were called to the Fairfield home of Kayla Stewart and her then-boyfriend Nicholas Blood nearly a year ago to the report of a deceased baby. Troopers found a full-term male newborn in the garage of the mobile home on Route 139. Stewart and Blood lived their with their then-three-year-old daughter. The couple was cooperative with the investigation that led to a murder charge against Stewart.
On Wednesday, the 21-year-old pleaded guilty to manslaughter, as part of a plea agreement. She cried as she apologized and her parents and best friend pleaded for leniency. Then a judge imposed a sentence of nine years in prison.
A medical examiner says the child was full-term and alive when it was born, but died from asphyxiation or neglect. Stewart's attorney said she thought the baby was stillborn.