At the Calgary Courts Centre on April 4, 2013 the ongoing trial of Meredith Katharine Borowiec, 31, is proceeding. Borowiec is the Calgary woman accused of killing two of her newborn babies in 2008 and 2009. Borowiec pleaded not guilty to the two charges of second-degree murder. No bodies were recovered from the incidents in 2008 or 2009.
New evidence came to light following the discovery of a third newborn that was found in a garbage bin outside Borowiec’s home in the 500 block of 40 Ave. N.W in October 2010. Compounding the incident is that it was the father of the baby was the one who had found the infant in the dumpster as he was passing by. He did not know it was his child nor that Borowiec was even pregnant. The father of the baby is not a suspect and is cooperating with the Calgary Police Service. Borowiec told police she didn’t know she was pregnant and ended up giving birth over a toilet. She then put the newborn in a garbage bag, went downstairs to put the infant in another garbage bag before depositing the baby in a dumpster outside. It is unclear as to what prompted her actions but Borowiec later told EMS “I should have called 911 and dealt with the consequences”
Borowiec will also be facing an attempted murder charge for the October 2010 incident. That trial is set for the fall later this year.
Crown prosecutor Jayme Williams, and Co-Crown Darren Maloney want the baby found in the trash bin from October 2010 incident ruled as similar-fact evidence so it can be used in the murder trial, which is being heard voir dire (by judge without a jury). Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Peter MacIntyre has yet to rule on its admissibility.
Defence lawyers Andrea Serink, and Michael Bates questioned the interrogation technique used on Borowiec when she was in remanded custody in November 2010. The defence claim homicide detective Karla Malsam-Dudar used parts of the controversial Reid Interrogation Technique to get Borowiec to confess to the crimes against the advice of her then lawyer Paul Brunnen. When Borowiec told Detective Malsam-Dudar she would no longer comment on the matter at the behest of her lawyer, Malsam-Dudar said to Borowiec, “That is going to be his advice on all circumstances.”
If convicted of murder, Meredith Katharine Borowiec would face an automatic life sentence without parole for at least 10 years. Borowiec’s trial is scheduled to last six weeks.