Jury selection starts today in baby murder case
Jury selection is scheduled to get underway this morning in the trial of a Liverpool woman accused of killing her newborn child. Nicole DeJaynes was arrested in January of last year after her newborn girl was found in a dumpster outside of the Pearl Street Apartments in Liverpool. Our Brad Vivacqua has the details.
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Investigators say Nicole DeJaynes gave birth to a baby in one of the Pearl Street Apartments and then left her newborn girl outside in a dumpster. DeJaynes had allegedly been staying in a friend’s apartment, where she gave birth early last year. She's accused of taking the baby and placing it in a trash area outside the Liverpool complex.
The 30-year old from Clay was arrested a short time after the baby was found dead inside a dumpster. DeJaynes claims the child was not alive when she was born. However, autopsy reports showed that the baby was born alive. The report also lists suffocation as the cause of death.
Prosecutors and the defense had been working on a plea deal in the case, but just this past week the latest offer was rejected.
If convicted, DeJaynes could face up to 25 years to life for the second degree murder charge. She's also facing up to 25 years for the manslaughter charge.
A medical examiner is expected to take the stand in this trial, which could help the jury determine whether or not the baby was alive when it was born.