South Carolina Woman Receives Sentence for Neglect Leading to Infant Daughter’s Tragic Death, Left Remains in Trash Bag

South Carolina Woman Receives Sentence for Neglect Leading to Infant Daughter's Tragic Death, Left Remains in Trash Bag

A 27-year-old woman will spend more than 20 years in jail for killing her newborn daughter. She gave birth to the baby in her car and then put the body of the baby in a trash bag.

This past Wednesday, May 8, the South Carolina Solicitor’s Office for the 11th Circuit said that Brennan Geller was given 22 years in prison by a judge after she admitted to killing her baby daughter Kimberly Taylor by abusing her. State law says that Geller will not be able to get released.

The lawyer’s office says that in August 2018, a family member found the dead baby in Geller’s Jeep Laredo, hidden in a trash bag. When the find was made, the Lexington Medical Center told the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Later, an autopsy showed that “air was present in the infant’s lungs, along with other indications of a live birth.”

The lawyer’s office said that doctors found that the baby was full term because it was 7 pounds 6 ounces and was born after 37 weeks of pregnancy.

It was found that Geller allegedly left work early on August 3, 2018, and went to the parking lot. At 10:35 a.m., authorities say she searched for “what to expect while in labor.” After nine hours, she looked up and asked, “When do contractions stop?”

Geller, who was a student at Midlands Technical College at the time, “secretly gave birth” in her car without any medical help, according to the police.

Geller “repeatedly denied her pregnancy to friends and acquaintances, including her boyfriend,” Edwin Taylor, according to the lawyer’s office. Geller is said to have told her boyfriend that she was still at work the night before she gave birth, even though she had already left.

Geller is said to have cut the baby’s umbilical cord with scissors after giving birth and then put her body in a trash bag. “Doctors would have testified at trial that suffocation could happen in these circumstances,” the lawyer’s office said. The Lexington County Coroner said that someone killed the baby.

Geller allegedly had problems after giving birth and had to go to the Lexington Medical Center for treatment. When she got there, she told medical staff and an investigator that she hadn’t given birth.

Police apparently searched Geller’s Jeep and found towels and scissors that were used to help Kimberly Taylor give birth. The lawyer’s office says that medical professionals think the baby was healthy and didn’t have any obvious birth problems.

It was said that Edwin Taylor spoke at the sentencing hearing and didn’t find out that his lover was pregnant until the investigation. Authorities say he pushed for his daughter’s fatherly rights so she could have a “proper burial.” Edwin Taylor gave the child a name.

The lawyer’s office said that Edwin Taylor said, “I was never given the chance to hold her in my arms; I only get to hold her in my heart.” I’m so sad that she’s not with me right now, making some of the memories that a father and daughter should be making when they are 5 years old.

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