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Monday, March 04, 2013

2 Years probation for dumping stillborn in Saskatchewan

LLOYDMINSTER, SK -- A 27-year-old woman was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to disposing the body of her stillborn baby in a dumpster in November 2011.
Danielle Jackson appeared in court on Thursday where she was handed a suspended sentence by Judge Kim Young.
Saskatchewan's chief forensic pathologist Dr. Shaun Ladham determined the infant was stillborn and showed no signs of trauma.
In addition to the two-years probation, Jackson has been ordered to maintain her employment, keep the peace, take any counselling as determined by her probation officer and write an apology letter to the Lloydminster RCMP who had to search the local landfill to locate the remains.
Jackson grew up in Lloydminster but now lives in Calgary.
Defence lawyer Andrew Lyster told court Jackson is “a very nice person who found herself in an overwhelming situation.”
Court heard that on Nov. 19, 2011, Lloydminster RCMP and EMS responded to a call for a woman in medical distress when Jackson's roommate called 911.
She was taken to the hospital and Crown attorney Nicole Leinenweber said a nurse told police Jackson showed signs of childbirth.
RCMP could not find a baby at the scene and began a search of the area.
After three days in hospital Jackson told police she had given birth to a stillborn baby while home alone and put the body in a plastic bag, drove it across town and put it in a dumpster.
Police located the dumpster and found it had already been emptied, which began a five-day search of the Lloydminster landfill.
The contents of the dumpster had been spread over an area the size of a football field and part of it was covered in dirt.
On Nov. 29 the child's body was located.
Justina Contenti | QMI AGENCY
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