Family raises money for newborn dumped in trash can

By Ali Monsen

Published 08/30 2014 10:15PM

Updated 08/30 2014 10:19PM

WEST VALLEY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The family of a Kearns woman who allegedly dumped her newborn in a trash can is raising money for the baby girl. Meanwhile, photos coming out online are raising questions about the alleged mother’s mental capacity. publicized ‘Club Karamba’ pictures on August 16th of this year. Alicia Englert appears to be enjoying the nightlife just nine days before allegedly giving birth. Her family says even she may not have known she was pregnant.

"I did speak to her approximately a month ago, and there was never any word of anything. It was just, 'How you doing? Just called to say hello...' that was it," recalled Lisa Hansen, Englert’s cousin.

The 23 year-old Kearns woman is accused of dumping her newborn child into a trash can. Englert is now behind bars, facing charges of attempted homicide.

"It's horrible…" Hansen said. “We're going to let the law take care of Alicia. Do whatever needs to be done, if she needs mental help, then I hope she gets it. That's it,” she said.

But that is not it. Englert's abandoned baby girl remains in stable but critical condition at the hospital, Saturday night. The family says they can not just stand by and do nothing, so they are taking action and holding a fundraiser.

"A lot of the community is worried that we're doing this for our own benefit, or to help the baby's mother get out of jail, and that's not the case," affirmed Vania Schmidt, another relative of Englert’s.

They are accepting cash donations and all kinds of supplies for the baby girl they call, ‘Hope.’

"I know that these are old, but I figured that they would help," said one teenager, donating some blankets.

"As of right now, [Hope] has nothing. Let's get her those things she needs," explained Hansen.

Englert's family claims she has Asperger's Syndrome and should not be charged as a competent adult. They say while that is no excuse to abandon her child, Englert has had a hard life of her own.

"At 14 months old, her biological mom left her with an aunt and uncle, and they raised her till Alicia was 10, and that's when her father found out and came and got her," explained Schmidt.

Englert's father is the person who found the newborn lying the trash can, Tuesday morning. He says Englert has technically named the baby, ‘Alexis,’ but that he will continue calling her ‘Hope’ if he obtains custody rights.

Englert’s father also mentioned that he noticed his daughter gaining weight and even told her she needed to start eating healthier. He says he never wanted to hurt her feelings by asking if she was pregnant, because as far as he knew, she was on birth control.

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