Stacy Michelle Rabon guilty of killing Angel Hope

Stacy Michelle Rabon and the burial site of Angel Hope (York County Solicitor’s Office)

A 50-year-old woman in South Carolina is facing decades in prison for killing her newborn daughter more than 30 years ago, suffocating and stabbing the little girl just hours after she was born, stuffing the child’s body into a plastic “Sears” shopping bag, and tossing it in a river.

A jury in York County on Friday found Stacy Michelle Rabon guilty on one count of homicide by child abuse in the horrific 1992 death of the newborn baby who members of the community dubbed “Angel Hope,” authorities announced.

“Tonight, hours away from what would have been her thirty-first birthday, that baby finally got justice when a York County jury found her mother guilty of homicide by child abuse,” the York County Solicitor’s Office said in a news release posted to the office’s Facebook page.

According to the release, an 18-year-old man swimming in the Catawba River on Aug. 12, 1992, came across a “Sears shopping bag” floating in the water between Rock Hill and Fort Mill. Inside the bag, the man discovered the body of an hours-old baby that appeared to have been stabbed to death. The newborn’s body had been wrapped in a sheet, according to a report from Charlotte, North Carolina, CW affiliate WCCB.

In her opening statement to the jury on Tuesday, Senior Solicitor Leslie Robinson pointed out the tragic irony of Angel Hope’s initial resting place.

“In that era, Sears’s slogan was ‘You Can Count on Me,’” she said in the release. “Her killer remained a mystery for three decades until DNA finally revealed the identity of the mother that she tragically could not count on.”

Stacy Michelle Rabon guilty of killing Angel Hope

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