Wyandotte woman found mentally competent to stand trial in newborn’s death

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE — The Wyandotte accused of killing her newborn son by placing him in a plastic bag after birthing him at work March 31 was found mentally competent to stand trial July 13.

Kimberly Pappas, 25, had been ordered  to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if she was mentally sound to be charged criminally. Prosecutors can now move forward with the charges of first degree murder, felony murder, and first degree child abuse.

Pappas admitted to officers that after giving birth to the baby in a restroom where she worked at Ceva Logistics in Redford, she cut the umbilical cord with cuticle scissors, and placed the infant in a plastic bag and then in her tote bag and returned to work.

Authorities were notified of the incident when a distressed co-worker contacted them, after seeing a vast amount of blood in the bathroom. Pappas has said that she believed she had a miscarriage. No one, not even her parents, had any idea that she was even pregnant, police said.

Emergency responders tried to resuscitate the baby to no avail. The infant was pronounced dead at 11:55 am. The cause of death is asphyxiation, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner.

Pappas is being held without bond at the Wayne County Jail. She faces life in prison if convicted. Her preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 24 in 17th District Court in Redford.

(Charity B. Smith can be reached at charitybsmith@yahoo.com.)