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On Wednesday, a Mayland woman was convicted of killing her newborn son in 2018 and stashing his body in a plastic bag in her home.

Moira Akers, 41, later claimed she had a stillbirth, but she did mention giving birth to paramedics who treated her and took her to the hospital. However, an investigation revealed she had given birth in her Howard County home, according to WBFF.

A day after Akers was hospitalized, detectives conducted a welfare check at her home and discovered a newborn boy in a zipped plastic bag under a blanket in a closed closet. An autopsy report issued in March 2019 stated that the newborn was full-term, healthy, and alive at birth.

WBFF reported that Akers’ son’s cause of death was listed as asphyxiation and exposure.

According to WJZ, Akers’ internet history included searches about how to end a pregnancy.

“This was truly one of the most difficult cases my office has ever had to prosecute because we had the burden of proving the baby was born alive,” State’s Attorney Rich Gibson explained.

Akers was found guilty of second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse in regard to her son’s 2018 death. Her sentencing is scheduled for July 29.

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[Featured image:  Moira Akers/Howard County Police Department]

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