Thursday, December 1, 2022

Wilmington police: Attempted murder charge for mother who abandoned baby in a trashcan

Estefany Calix-Macedo, 21, is facing a felony First-degree attempted murder charge after abandoning her baby. (Port City Daily photo / File)

WILMINGTON — Authorities are charging a Wilmington mother will first-degree attempted murder after she left her baby boy, tied in a plastic bag, in a garbage can on Thursday.

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According to the Wilmington Police Department, 21-year-old Maryuri Estefany Calix-Macedo has been charged with “First Degree Attempted Murder after she left her newly-born baby in a trash can on Fairview Dr. Thursday afternoon.”

The baby was discovered by a woman walking her dog; the woman heard the baby’s cries and called 911.

Calix-Macedo was taken to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center for assessment and was then taken to the New Hanover County Jail, where she is currently being held on an $800,000 secured bond.

In North Carolina, attempted felonies can be punished at the felony level one step below the crime attempted. In other words, attempted murder can be punished at the same level as second-degree murder, a Class B felony, with sentences from 12 years to life.

This case is still under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective H.M. Wooddell directly at (910)-341-0166.

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