Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Left on the firehouse steps too late

A tragic situation for sure.

But one in which I believe probation may not be enough

18-year-old takes deal in baby's death 
Heroin addict and boyfriend, yet to be tried, left infant at firehouse. 
By Craig Kapitan  - Express-News

A teen heroin addict who left her gaunt, bruised and already-dead infant wrapped in a pink blanket in front of a San Antonio fire station two years ago opted Monday to avoid a trial, instead pleading no contest to injury to a child by omission.

Julie Navejar, who turned 18 last month, wore a red Bexar County Jail jumpsuit with handcuffs shackled to a chain wrapped around her waist as she stood before state District Judge Carmen Kelsey, answering questions with “Yes, ma'am.”

In exchange for her plea, prosecutors have agreed to ask for no more than 12 years in prison when she is sentenced by the judge in November. She has applied for deferred adjudication probation.