- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A judge on Monday postponed a decision about whether a Utah woman is mentally fit to stand trial in the case of a newborn baby girl left in a trash can.

The delay came after defense attorney Josie Brumfield told the judge that a doctor had evaluated defendant Alicia Englert, 23, but a report was not ready.

Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills set a Jan. 26 hearing to review the report. Brumfield declined to comment after the hearing.

Englert, who was released on bail in October, appeared in court wearing a black suit, green blouse and glasses. She did not speak.

Court documents say Englert gave birth in a bathroom at her home in the Salt Lake City suburb of Kearns then abandoned the infant in the trash on Aug. 26.

Prosecutors say the baby would have died if she had not been found by a neighbor who thought she heard a cat purring in the garbage. The girl was suffering from hypothermia, respiratory distress and a blood-borne infection.

She recovered and is being adopted.

Englert told police she didn’t know she was pregnant and didn’t know what to do after giving birth, according to a warrant.

Her family says she has a learning disability and couldn’t understand why what she did was wrong.

Englert is charged with attempted murder and has not yet entered a plea.



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