West Fargo woman accused of drowning newborn child pleads not guilty
FARGO — A West Fargo woman accused of drowning her newborn child pleaded not guilty to the felony charges against her at a hearing Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Cass County District Court.
Ginny Lubitz, 36, faces a count of murder and a count of attempted murder in connection with the baby's death on May 5.
Kevin McCabe, Lubtiz's attorney, declined to comment after Wednesday's hearing. Lubtiz's next court hearing is a felony dispositional conference set for 10:30 a.m., Oct. 10.
According to court documents:
Emergency crews responded at 9:39 p.m. May 5 to a report of a deceased newborn at 4530 Bluestem Court S., Unit F, in Fargo.
Police found Lubitz in the bathroom with a large amount of blood on the floor. The newborn, who was in the living room with Lubitz's friend, was pronounced dead at 9:51 p.m.
Two of Lubtiz's friends found her in the bathroom with the newborn face down in about an inch of water, according to the court documents.
An autopsy "indicated an apparent live birth" and said the cause of death was "drowning from being placed face down in the bathtub."
Lubitz told police she knew she was pregnant in August or September 2017 and saved money to have an abortion, but she believed she had a miscarriage by November. She didn't realize she was still pregnant until April 2018 when she didn't lose the weight she gained over winter, court papers stated.
She told police she didn't know she was in labor May 5 and took a bath to ease stomach pain and fell asleep in the tub, court papers stated.
She said when she woke up, her stomach felt tight and as she leaned over the edge of the tub she gave birth within a few second, court papers stated.
A web history of her phone showed a search at about 12:20 p.m. for a website about pushing during childbirth. Older searches from February and March showed searches relating to abortion and terminating late-term pregnancies. When asked about the searches, Lubitz said they were for a relative who was pregnant, court papers stated.