Illinois woman who gave birth in toilet during party pleads guilty

Illinois woman who gave birth in toilet during party pleads guilty

Illinois woman who gave birth in toilet during party pleads guilty

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Associated Press

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- A southern Illinois woman faces up to five years in prison now that she’s admitted her role in the death of her newborn baby in a bathroom at a house party.

Twenty-six-year-old Casey Parnell of Du Quoin pleaded guilty Tuesday in Jackson County to a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors say Parnell admits giving birth to the baby she believed was dead in a toilet while at a January 2011 party in Carbondale.

A pathologist said Parnell didn’t attempt life-saving measures or seek medical treatment, and that the baby died of a lack of oxygen.

Parnell was indicted in December.

She remains jailed in Murphysboro and is scheduled to be sentenced May 23.

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