(KSTU) The parents of a woman accused of putting her baby in a trash can in hopes it would die spoke about their daughter Wednesday, saying there is another side to the story and that their daughter has learning disabilities.
Alicia Marie Englert, 23, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and faces attempted murder charges after she allegedly put her newborn child in the garbage can outside a home in Kearns.
The child was born Sunday and had not received care or food prior to being found and was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
According to a probable cause statement, Englert told police she was afraid to tell her parents about the pregnancy and “she said she discarded the baby in hopes it would die and solve her problems.”
Englert’s parents spoke to FOX 13 News Wednesday, saying they are devastated by all that’s transpired.
The pair said Alicia has a learning disability and reads and comprehends at about a third-grade level, despite being 23-years-old.
However, detectives say they don’t have any medical documents that indicate that Alicia has a learning disability.
Authorities say they are also reviewing posts on social media.
Police say there are several photos of Alicia where she appears pregnant and is out drinking with friends.
Many people who posted on the Fox 13 Facebook page, claiming to know Alicia say they don’t believe her family’s allegations and say it was obvious that she was pregnant.
One commenter said she asked Alicia when she was due, noting her baby bump, and Alicia allegedly replied “In August.”
The comments are all just part of social media at this point, and there is no telling how much of a role it will play in the investigation.
“Just like any case, we take the evidence we can get, we evaluate it and see if it’s pertinent to the case or not,” said Lt. Justin Hoyal, with the Unified Police Department.
Her father said he was the one who retrieved the baby from a neighbor’s trash can Tuesday, and he said he and his wife had no idea the baby might be Alicia’s or that she had been pregnant until they spoke with her.
Adora Nemitz, a neighbor of the family, spoke about the incident Tuesday and alluded to the situation being more complicated than others might initially suspect.
“It’s a heartbreaking situation,” Nemitz said. “Even for the family, I feel sad. Don’t criticize people, don’t judge. Let’s just pray, because that’s the most important thing. If we cannot say something good: Let’s pray.”
Englert remains in the Salt Lake County Jail and faces one charge of attempted murder.