OnFocus -A woman charged in the homicide of her newborn son is facing a life sentence. Whether or not she is eligible for parole will be determined at a hearing today.
Marylinn Feher originally pleaded “not guilty” and was scheduled to face a 12-person jury in March 2021 for one count of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide and two counts of Neglecting a Child (Consequence is Death). Feher changed her plea to “guilty” at a plea hearing on September 30. Today’s sentencing hearing will determine her eligibility for parole.
3pm Update: Feher was sentenced to life in prison, with parole eligibility after 30 years.
Feher’s boyfriend and the newborn’s father, Allen Rice, faces a Felony D charge of Neglecting a Child (Consequence is Death) and a Misdemeanor A for Obstructing an Officer. He has a Status Conference scheduled for December 2 as well.
Feher, then 23, and Allen Rice, then 21, of Milladore were arrested on April 6, 2019 after their newborn son was discovered wrapped in towels in a tied garbage bag in the backseat of Rice’s vehicle while Feher sought medical treatment in Marshfield for severe bleeding and denied giving birth to staff. Feher later plead not guilty.
The infant was temporarily revived by emergency medical staff but passed away from his injuries, 16 hours after birth. Feher admitted to strangulation and blunt force trauma. After giving birth, Feher had squeezed the child’s neck and hit his head on the toilet multiple times.
Rice is charged with two counts of child neglect that led to death and three counts of resisting or obstructing an officer, but did not enter a plea. He admitted that the child was in the vehicle the same time as the child was discovered. Until the discovery, Feher did not disclose anything about the child.
Tests confirmed that Feher and Rice were the parents. Both lived with Rice’s father and are not married. There were no complications during birth. Feher specifically denied to Rice that she was pregnant. Rice stated that he never believed the child was alive and that earlier medical attention would have helped.
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