MARIGOT–The mother of the baby girl found abandoned between Le Galion and Orient Bay on December 26, 2015, was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Guadeloupe court on June 27, 2018, Vice-Prosecutor Michaël Ohayon confirmed Tuesday.
The 24-year-old woman from Dutch St. Maarten was extradited to the French side following her arrest on January 11, 2016, where she admitted to the Gendarmerie she had abandoned the baby. She was identified from surveillance camera footage from Louis-Constant Fleming Hospital
The baby was hidden in a garbage bag on the day she was found alive by a tourist couple. Crabs had punctured their way into the bag and had been clawing away at her body. However, the fact that the crabs had broken into the bag created a lifeline of oxygen and prevented the baby from dying of suffocation.
According to the reports, the pregnant woman went to Louis-Constant Fleming Hospital on December 25 with the intention of giving birth there. However, she reportedly was advised to go to St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) on the Dutch side of the island instead, because she was resident of the Dutch side and had medical insurance there.
She never turned up at SMMC and reportedly told investigators she did not want her family to know about her pregnancy and had given birth to the baby in her car.
Ohayon added that as far as he knew, the baby, named Lilou, had been placed with a family in Guadeloupe.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/78472-mother-of-abandoned-baby-sentenced-to-eight-years-jail