A 50-year-old lady got a life sentence this Wednesday for offing her newborn girl, whose body was discovered stabbed and bagged in a South Carolina river back in ’92.
Earlier this month, a local jury found Stacy Michelle Rabon guilty of causing her baby’s death. The charges came two years back when a DNA sample from a drug bust in 2019 matched the baby’s.
Rabon could get parole as soon as 2031, thanks to the ’92 law that allows shorter time for hefty crimes.
She told the polices she gave birth in a van by the Catawba River, and then handed the baby over to some couple, claiming she never saw the kid again.
The DA’s office called her bluff after she got nabbed. They said the baby was found wrapped in sheets and in a plastic bag, with at least 50 stab wounds, floating in the river back in August ’92.
Local news reported that the coroner ruled the baby actually died from not being able to breathe, not from the drowning or the stab wounds.
“Stacy Rabon threw her baby into that cold Catawba River – never looking back, abandoning her, keeping her secret for 29 years,” remarked Lanelle Day, the York County deputy who cracked the case with DNA.
Begging for leniency, Rabon admitted her choice to abandon the child to strangers gnaws at her soul.
“I can’t think of anything but her face,” confessed Rabon. “Think about her everything, growing up — all these things were taken from her because I made poor decisions.”
Judge Bill McKinnon felt a life sentence was fitting, given how helpless the baby was.
“A newborn comes into this world looking for its parents to protect it,” McKinnon stated. “This baby was stabbed more than 50 times.”
Rabon’s attorney argued she’s not the same teenager who committed this crime over 30 years ago. These days, she’s wheelchair-bound and awaits medical procedures.
Locals gave the girl the touching name “Baby Angel Hope” and laid her to rest in ’92.
According to WBTV, she’s interred at Forest Hills Cemetery in Rock Hill, South Carolina. If she’d lived, she’d be celebrating her 31st birthday on August 12.