32-year-old Meredith Borowiec from Calgary gets pregnant a lot. She gave birth in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Each time she kept the pregnancy secret from her co-workers and even her boyfriend, telling them her appearance was due to cysts on her uterus and for some reason they believed her. Little did they realize that Borowiec was throwing the newborn infants in the trash. However, the third infant survived and it was the baby’s father himself who pulled the baby out of the neighbourhood trash bin after a passerby heard cries. The first two weren’t so lucky.
“It hurts me every day knowing what I have done,” she read from a statement. “I have accepted what has happened and feel horrible about it all. I don’t think I can express in words how sorry I am.”
In interviews with police, Borowiec describes how she heard the babies cry before putting them in trash bags and dropping them into the garbage bin. She described that the noise she heard was “like a kitten,” but she didn’t even check to see whether her first child was a girl or boy before wrapping it in a towel and putting it into a garbage bag. Borowiec denies doing anything to hurt the children before disposing of them, other than letting them slowly suffocate alone and scared in a trash bin.
The second child was born while she was on the toilet.
“It was like something took over me. It was like I wasn’t in control,” she said. “I wasn’t normal.”
As horrific as Borowiec’s actions were, the real shocking part of this story is the sentence she received: 18 months for two dead infants and the attempted murder of a third.
According to Justice Peter McIntyre, Borowiec has shown “genuine remorse” for her actions, even though though the prosecution wanted Borowiec to spend eight to nine years behind bars. The judge also figured that had Borowiec not confessed to the first two murders, no one would have ever found out about the.
“You co-operated with police. Without your admission to police about the first babies, there would be no case against you.”
Still Borowiec just can’t stop having babies. In July 2012 she gave birth to a fourth while in police custody. It seems some people never learn. Luckily, after the fourth child was born Borowiec IUD inserted to prevent any pregnancies during the course of her three-year probation. She has also agreed to a 10-year peace bond during which she will be monitored to check for pregnancy. If she does become pregnant, she will be closely supervised.
The prosecution is appealing the infanticide charges.