CORAM, N.Y. — A New York woman is accused of attempting to place her newborn son in the trash. The baby is now in foster care as two unidentified residents at the woman’s home heard the baby crying inside of the plastic bag she was carrying and stopped her from doing harm to the child.
According to reports, Felicia Squillace, 26, gave birth at her home in Coram on April 27. She then placed her son in a plastic bag and walked toward the garbage can outside the house.
However, two other residents at the home stopped her, took the bag from Squillace’s hands, removed the child and called the police.
According to Pix11 News, Squillace was transported to the hospital for treatment and evaluation, and then arrested upon her release. She pleaded not guilty to second degree attempted murder on Friday.
Newsday reports that Squillace’s attorney said that she had suffered from mental illness and was a “victim of human trafficking.” But Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini noted that the woman meant to do harm to her child.
“She intended to roll the baby in a plastic bag. She intended to throw that baby in the garbage,” he told reporters. “If not for the residents stopping her, the baby would likely be dead.”
Squillace’s newborn was unharmed, and was placed into foster care after being evaluated.
As previously reported, in an introductory lecture to his course on obstetrics in 1854, Philadelphia doctor Hugh Lennox Hodge lamented that even the mothers of his day were lacking of natural affection toward their own children and sought out means to kill them.
“They seem not to realize that the being within them is indeed animate, that is, in verity, a human being—body and spirit—that it is of importance, that its value is inestimable, having reference to this world and the next,” he said. “They act with as much indifference as if the living, intelligent, immortal existence lodged within their organs were of no more value than the bread eaten, or the common excretions of the system.”
“We can bear testimony that in some instances, the woman who has been well educated, who occupies high stations in society, whose influence over others is great, and whose character has not been impugned, will deliberately resort to any and every measure which may effectively destroy her unborn offspring,” Hodge sorrowed.
“[S]he recklessly and boldly adopts measures, however severe and dangerous, for the accomplishment of her unnatural, her guilty purpose … that she may be delivered of [a child] for which she has no desire, and whose birth and appearance she dreads.”