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Suspect in 'Baby April' death case pleads guilty to lesser charge

Angela Siebke pleaded guilty to endangering the life of a child resulting in death.

ROCK ISLAND COUNTY, Ill. — UPDATE: Angela Siebke pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in the infamous 1992 Baby April death.

According to Rock Island County Court document's released on November 22, Siebke admitted to placing Baby "Jane" April Doe in a bag, causing her death.

Siebke is charged with endangering the life of a child resulting in death, a Class 3 felony, and she is facing two to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Siebke's lawyer says her previous charge of 1st degree murder will be dismissed at her sentencing.

News 8 reached out to Moline Police Department who declined to comment on the new verdict.

An open plea is scheduled for January 31, 2022.

Original: Angela Siebke requested release without payment of bail Thursday, September 9, after she was arrested and charged for 1st degree murder.

This came almost 30 years after the body of the baby girl was found in the 1992 Baby April death. 

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A man was walking his dog on April 11, 1992, when he spotted a trash bag floating along the banks of the Mississippi River in Moline. When the man pulled the bag to shore, he opened it to discover the baby, later dubbed "Baby April." 

The Moline Police Department conducted DNA blood typing but were unable to develop a lead in the case until 2014 after advancements in genetic matching. Police identified Siebke, who was 17-years-old at the time of the death, as the infant's mother.

Siebke was arrested Dec. 17 and held in Rock Island County jail on a $1 million bond. Her lawyers requested her release Wednesday following what they called substantial changes in circumstances.

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An expert witness on the case, according to the lawyers' motion for release, said the newborn that was found cannot be determined to have been born alive due to the fact that the infant's mastoid air sacs were not examined during the autopsy. 

The lawyers requested the Rock Island County Court redetermine Siebke's bond amount considering nothing in the evidence produced by prosecutors proved the newborn was alive or that Siebke killed the baby beyond a reasonable doubt.

A hearing on Siebke's request was continued from Thursday, Sept. 16. The bond hearing is now scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Oct. 25.

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