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SALT LAKE CITY — A "goodbye" meeting between a woman and the baby she is charged with trying to kill has been changed due to the high publicity surrounding the event.
Earlier this week, 3rd District Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills granted Alicia Marie Englert, 23, a 90-minute visit with the child.
On Friday, the Division of Child and Family Services announced that "due to safety and confidentiality concerns, the location of the highly reported supervised ‘goodbye’ visit — ordered to take place on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at the Riverton Child and Family Services office — has been changed."
Division spokeswoman Ashley Sumner said the change was made in part to prevent members of the media from camping out in front of the office and waiting for Englert and the baby to arrive.
I think that was part of the concern. We just needed to keep it private between the family. It isn't information that would normally have been shared. It's to protect the family.
–DCFS spokeswoman Ashley Sumner
"I think that was part of the concern. We just needed to keep it private between the family," she said. "It isn't information that would normally have been shared. It's to protect the family."
Although the meeting was originally ordered by a judge to take place on Monday, Sumner could not say if the meeting would still happen on that day.
Englert is charged with attempted murder, a first-degree felony. She is accused of secretly giving birth in the basement room of her Kearns home on Aug. 26. She put her baby in a trash can two days later. The newborn was discovered by a neighbor who heard the baby crying.
Her family has said Englert has "special needs" and "doesn't process things correctly." Prosecutors say she has acknowledged she knew abandoning the baby was wrong.
A competency review is scheduled in court for Jan. 5.