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Henrico mother to be sentenced in attempted murder of newborn

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

A Henrico mother who is accused of putting her newborn daughter in the dryer, is now facing prison time after heading to court on Tuesday.

Angela Janecka will now be sentenced for attempted murder and child neglect. She entered an Alford Plea which acknowledges there's enough evidence to prove she did it, but doesn't mean she admits to the crime. Lawyers says she could face up to 15 years in prison.

She's already served eight months in jail and her husband is standing by her side, according to her lawyer. He is scheduled to be at court in July for her sentencing, but he was not there on Tuesday.

Janecka's lawyer did talk to us about her state of mind right now.

"So very tearful at times a little overwhelmed but taking it one day at a time," said Brice Lambert.

Janecka's husband has accompanied her to court before, but now lives in Florida.

"She's maintained contact with her husband," said Lambert. "He still fully supports her. Still loves her, is helping her through this process."

He says she is remorseful and misses her daughter who lawyers say is named, Megan. Her daughter is now with a foster family in Richmond. The baby survived being wrapped in a plastic bag and put in a dryer. In court we learned the husband heard the baby cry.

"Just the mere mention of her daughter, the fact that she can't see or touch her daughter is very upsetting for her," Lambert said.

Janecka's history is expected to be brought up at the sentencing, including her upbringing and issues with her marriage. Prosecutors say her husband did not want more children and the couple had tried to get an abortion, but Janecka was too far along in her pregnancy.

Janecka and her husband also have a son. He is with his father. Lambert also says the family was having financial difficulties and that may have played a part in what she was going through.

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