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    ND - Dana Deegan charged in death of newborn, Mandaree, 20 Oct 1998

    BISMARCK, N.D. - A woman who works with a tribal child development program has been charged with killing her newborn son in 1999, then discarding the body inside a suitcase on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
    Dana Deegan, 34, was charged with murder in federal court Thursday, and Magistrate Charles Miller ordered her held until a hearing on Tuesday.
    According to an affidavit, Deegan told FBI agents she gave birth to the boy, her fourth child, at home but was unable to care for him. The agents said she told them she found the infant dead after she left him alone without food or water for two weeks.
    "We believe she understood fully what the consequences of that would be," U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley said.
    Deegan's defense attorney, Bill Schmidt, declined to comment on the case.
    The boy's body, dressed in a one-piece sleeper and socks, was wrapped in a blanket and towel and placed in a soft-sided lavender suitcase. A rancher repairing fences spotted the suitcase near a state highway and opened it in November 1999. (more at link)
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    How tragic.

    It seems to me that what this community needs is more education and options for women who feel that killing their children is their only option. I doubt this woman was doing a good job with that, if she chose to kill her own job.

    Knowingly starving a baby to death is horrific.

    Didn't anybody miss the child or notice that she wasn't pregnant anymore? What about the other children? Good heavens.

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    Again, I have no words to say express how I feel about this. What was wrong with this woman? She worked to aide children yet murdered her own flesh and blood and dumped it like a piece of trash.

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    If she was "unable to care for him" she shouldn't have had him in the first place! Or at the very least had him and given him away after his birth...

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    This woman was a case worker for six years and probably made decent money and I'm sure there was enough help for daycare and other things. Now the aunt has to care for the other three children and there's not much help for relatives raising children. I hope the state is one that offers more benefits and the tribe helps out if they are Native Indian.

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    ND - Dana Deegan charged in death of newborn, Mandaree, 20 Oct 1998

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071211/.../suitcase_baby

    BISMARCK, N.D. - Dana Deegan hid her pregnancy from her family, including the father of her three children, for nine months. Then she gave birth to a healthy boy, fed him, dressed him, wrapped him in a blanket and left him to die.

    Deegan, 34, of White Shield, admitted Monday that she left the child alone for two weeks immediately after he was born, then put his body in a suitcase and left it in a ditch on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. more at link

    She needs to be starved for one week, then allowed one day of eating then starved again for a week, a few tmes of dong that then maybe she will feel what that baby went thru!
    If she was going to let it die, why not do it quickly? drown it, suffocate it anything other then letting it starve to death....

    I really hate to see what this world will be like in another 10 years!

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    OMG! This is horrible. What is wrong with people? I cannot understand this cruel act. How very sad. That poor baby.
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    How can anybody do this ?

    What a monster I cant imagin what this poor baby felt like for those two weeks! This women needs to die in the same way!!!!!!!!
    Joann thank you for showing me all the beautiful things in this world especially yourself!!!

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    i dont understand how she could feed and cloth him, but THEN LEAVE HIM TO DIE?!?!!?!?

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    Why didn't she drop the baby off at a hospital or fire station? No one would have said anything and the baby could have been given up for adoption. She says that she was under stress when he was born but she didn't tell anyone that she was pregnant for 9 months so I would think that she had this planned from the beginning.

    I'm sure that her situation seemed hopless with no work...husband an alcoholic and never home much, etc, but she could have left him and gone on welfare instead of making the choice of letting her poor baby starve to death.
    What would have been wrong with adoption? Why chose to let the baby die?
    She made a very poor choice and now her three children will be without a mom and God forbid they are turned over to their alcoholic father. Hope some of her family can help with the kids..they are so little.


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    It would have been more humane to have an abortion, and that's saying alot b/c I am so anti abortion.

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    This little boy was born around the same date as my daughter. That just made me double sick. While I was holding her and being amazed by that little miracle, another equally precious baby was starving to death alone. Excuse me while I go and cry now.

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    Such sadness. Prayers for this overwhelmed family.
    I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!

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    Quote Originally Posted by southcitymom View Post
    Such sadness. Prayers for this overwhelmed family.
    Prayers for the entire family is right, SCM. Just unimaginable.

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    Update

    N.D. mom sentenced in 'slow-motion' death of newborn left alone for 2 weeks


    A North Dakota woman who left her newborn "Baby Moses" at home without food or water in a basket for two weeks to die a "slow-motion" death has been sentenced to 10 years and one month in prison for second-degree murder.


    Dana Deegan, 35, of White Shield in western North Dakota, also was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Chief Judge Daniel L. Hovland in Bismarck to two years of supervised release and ordered to pay $100 to a crime victim's fund.

    She said in court Monday that she did not know why she killed her newborn son. "I wish I could explain why I did what I did."

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