Woman Convicted in "Baby Joseph's" Death Back in Jail

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

A Dallas mother convicted of causing her baby's death will not appeal her conviction.

Susan Chiniewicz turned herself in Monday and will spend the next two years in jail without parole.

Chiniewicz, 37, was convicted of criminally negligent homicide in November, and since then she has been out on a $100,000 bond to work on an appeal.

Her attorney, Jim James, says that Chiniewicz wanted to serve the time and move on.

"I think she wanted to go ahead and start serving her sentence," James said. "I think it was her desire to get it behind her rather than trying and attempting to get another trial. I think that was a large part of it."

Chiniewicz claimed her newborn son was stillborn when she left him in a trash can at the Texas World Speedway in 2005.

Prosecutors were pushing for a murder conviction for the mother of three, but jurors chose the lesser charge.

Brazos County District Attorney Bill Turner said Monday, "Some justice is better than no justice."

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