Author: Tim Prudente
A Baltimore woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after police found her infant son beaten, starved and dead at 9 days old, prosecutors said Monday.
A judge convicted Anne Kirsch, 37, of manslaughter and child abuse last year. Kirsch, of Northwest Baltimore, admitted to using heroin during her pregnancy and on Oct. 19, 2015 — the night before her son, Matthew, died.
The baby was likely born with a heroin addiction and suffered severe pains from withdrawal, prosecutors said. She gave birth to the boy in the repair bay of an auto shop where she worked.
An autopsy revealed the boy suffered a traumatic brain injury consistent with having his head slammed against a flat surface. Medical examiners also found his stomach empty. Prosecutors say he had been fed infrequently in his short life. The examiners determined the boy was killed by abuse and neglect.