Mother Charged in Homicide of Newborn Pleads Not Guilty

A woman charged in the homicide of her newborn son has pleaded not guilty.

Marylinn Feher is facing one count of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide and two counts of Neglecting a Child leading to death.

Feher, 22, and Allen Rice, 20, of Milladore were arrested on April 6 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.

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.

A status hearing is to be held at Wood County Circuit Court on August 22.

Mother Charged with Homicide of Newborn Was Seeking Medical Treatment