Milladore woman convicted of killing newborn gets life in prison

Marylinn Feher (Wood County Jail)
Marylinn Feher (Wood County Jail)(Wood County Jail)
Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 9:21 AM CDT|Updated: Dec. 2, 2020 at 9:17 AM CST
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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) - The 24-year-old Milladore woman convicted of violently killing her newborn son will spend life in prison, with the eligibility of parole after 30 years.

Marylinn Feher pleaded guilty to first-degree intentional homicide on Sept. 30. In exchange for the plea, a charge of neglecting a child was dismissed but considered during her sentencing hearing. At Wednesday’s sentencing hearing, District Attorney Craig Lambert makes recommended life in prison with no possibility of extended supervision. Feher’s attorney Michael Covey asked the judge for life in prison with the possibility of extended supervision after 20 years.

According to a news release, on April 6, 2019 the Marshfield Medical Center reported a possible missing newborn. Wood County Sheriff Shawn Becker said an investigation began after a woman came to the hospital seeking medical help. Investigators said at no point during her hospital treatment did she admit to giving birth, however, it was clear that she had recently delivered a baby.

The baby was found in a bag in the back of the child’s father’s vehicle. The criminal complaint stated the newborn died of blunt force cranial cerebral trauma and features of strangulation. The baby’s father, Allen Rice, 21, is charged with neglecting a child and obstructing an officer.

Officers located the child wrapped in a bath towel inside a tied plastic garbage bag in the rear cargo portion of a vehicle in the Marshfield Clinic parking lot. The child was rushed inside, revived, but later died of its injuries. Online court records state the boy lived 16 hours.

Court documents state Feher and Rice arrived at the hospital around 2 a.m. Rice said he stayed with the baby in the vehicle until 5 a.m., then went into the hospital without the baby. He then checks on the newborn at 7:30 a.m. and went back into the hospital. Officers found the baby unattended in the vehicle at 10:30 a.m. The baby died at 4:16 p.m.

Court documents state Feher said she hit the newborn’s head on the toilet several times and also strangled the baby in an effort to suffocate him.

Sheriff Shawn Becker said the baby was named Zacharia by Feher.

Courts documents stated during the police interview on April 7, Feher only referred to the baby as ‘it’ or ‘thing’.

Rice is in the Wood County Jail on a $35,000 cash bond. He will return to court on Dec. 11 for a plea hearing.

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