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Angela Janecka, Virginia woman, accused of leaving newborn in dryer to die after home birth

Angela Marie Janecka, 39, is charged with attempted murder and felony child neglect. Henrico Police via WTVR

Angela Marie Janecka, 39, is charged with attempted murder and felony child neglect.
Henrico Police via WTVR

(CBS/AP) HENRICO, Va. - Angela Janecka, a Virginia woman, is facing charges of trying to kill her newborn daughter by putting the infant in a plastic bag inside a clothes dryer and leaving her to die.

Henrico County police arrested Janecka, 39, Tuesday on attempted murder and felony neglect charges.

Police tell media outlets that Janecka gave birth to her daughter at her home in Henrico, outside of Richmond, on Aug. 25. She allegedly called her husband, who was at work, and told him the baby was stillborn.

At Janecka's arraignment on Wednesday, Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Nancy Oglesby said Janecka's husband found the baby alive in the dryer. The father had been cleaning up the area where his wife had given birth, Henrico Police Capt. Jan Stem told CBS affiliate WTVR. The baby was allegedly in a plastic bag inside a pillow case.

According to WTVR, the father contacted a doctor who then called the rescue squad.

Janecka is now being held without bond. The newborn is in the custody of Child Protective Services.

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