Wendy S. Sanchez
of Carpentersville, Ill. agreed with prosecutors to a sentence of 180 days in Kane County Jail and 30 months probation for pleading guilty
to one count of child abandonment. Circuit Judge Thomas Mueller accepted the plea on Monday, according to a release from the Kane County State's attorney's office.
She delivered the infant while standing upright on a garbage bag and leaning on a fence
, the release said. She cut the umbilical cord herself and used a barrette to clip off the cord.
Sanchez then put the infant in a blanket, breast fed the baby and held her for several hours before putting her in a cardboard Huggies box, which she placed by her neighbor’s garage
, the release said.
About 24 hours later, on April 28, Sanchez returned to the infant, who was still in the box. She tried to breast feed the infant again
, but the child would not feed, according to the release. She gave up and again left the infant in the box, never to return.
On the morning of May 1, more than four days after Sanchez gave birth, a neighbor who was outside gardening heard faint whimpering sounds
, according to the release. The neighbor first thought it was a dog, but when it became persistent, the neighbor discovered the box, the release said.
Police and rescue were called and the infant was taken to Sherman Hospital in Elgin. Upon arrival, medical personnel noted the infant was slightly jaundiced, had a slow heart rate and decreased respiration rate, had meconium staining to her upper legs and buttocks from her own feces, and had a temperature of 84.8 degrees, according to the release. The infant was treated over the next few days and was discharged May 6 in good condition.
In addition to jail and probation, Sanchez must attend a parenting class
as recommended by DCFS and undergo a psychological evaluation
within 60 days.