November 13, 2013 6:44 pm
Updated: November 13, 2013 6:49 pm

Trial hears accused baby killer was not mentally ill

Meredith Borowiec appears in court in Calgary on March 26, 2013 in this court artist's sketch


CALGARY – A forensic psychiatrist testified Wednesday that the woman accused of killing her two newborns by placing them in a dumpster, was not suffering from a mental disorder.

The psychiatrist took the stand at Meredith Borowiec’s second-degree murder trial.

He told the court his assessment of  Borowiec found no evidence of mental illness although he did conclude she suffered from low self-esteem and did not feel prepared to be a parent.

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Borowiec, who is 31, is charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of two newborns in 2008 and 2009.

She faces a second trial on an attempted murder charge related to the surviving child.

Borwiec’s trial resumed November 4th after lengthy arguments forced a six-month adjournment.

She was first interviewed by police after the live baby was found in the trash bin.

In a second interview a year later, she told investigators that she had her first child in 2008 and didn’t even look to see whether it was a boy or a girl after giving birth. She wrapped the infant in a towel and placed it in a garbage bag.

She admitted to a similar scenario in 2009 when she again gave birth into a toilet in her apartment, wrapped the child in a towel and dropped it into the bathroom garbage. She then walked out to a large bin and disposed of the baby.

A judge ruled the video confessions were admissible because they were clearly voluntary.

-with files from Canadian Press

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