Saskatchewan Woman Found Not Guilty For Abandoning Baby in Toilet
April Halkett, 22, testified earlier in the trial that she felt sick while visiting the Walmart in Prince Albert. She visited the restroom and said she was surprised when blood ran down her leg and a baby dropped into the toilet.
Halkett, 22, wept silently and dabbed at her eyes with a tissue after Court of Queen's Bench Justice Neil Gabrielson ruled the Crown did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she had planned to leave the newborn behind.
[q url="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/saskatchewan-woman-who-left-baby-in-toilet-not-guilty-of-abandonment/article1195277/"]“This was not a case of abandonment but rather a case of a scared young woman being confronted with unexpected circumstances involving a precipitous birth and a pale, motionless child because the child was in a shock-like state,” the judge said Wednesday. “She responded to these circumstances in an obviously inappropriate way in leaving the child in the toilet.”
Halkett said she abandoned the baby boy because he "didn't look alive." She later told police that she was scared, cleaned up the blood with toilet paper and left the store.
t the trial, Halkett's lawyer, Ajay Krishan, said her actions were not premeditated. He said Halkett didn't know she was pregnant that day, having taken three home pregnancy tests, all of which came back negative.