Woman sentenced for death of newborn put in trash

Marissa C. Fields (Photo courtesy KSHB)
Marissa C. Fields (Photo courtesy KSHB)

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) – A 21-year-old Kansas woman was sentenced to nearly 15 years in prison for placing her newborn baby in a trash can and letting her die.

Prosecutors say Marissa Carol Fields gave birth to a nearly full-term baby at her home in Olathe in December 2014. She was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years and 10 months after earlier agreeing to plead no contest to second-degree murder and aggravated abandonment of a child.

The Kansas City Star reports Fields had not told anyone she was pregnant. Her father discovered the baby’s body in the trash and contacted police.

Earlier testimony indicated the baby girl was likely born alive. Fields told investigators the girl was cold and not breathing when she was born.

The death was classified as homicide.