FARGO — A jury trial has been scheduled for a West Fargo woman accused of drowning her newborn baby in a bathtub.
Ginny Rose Lubitz, 37, has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with the baby’s death in May 2018. She appeared Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Cass County District Court where attorneys confirmed Jan. 7 as the trial's start date.
According to charging documents, police were dispatched the night of May 5, 2018, to a south Fargo home on a report of a deceased newborn.
Authorities found Lubitz in the bathroom with a large amount of blood on the floor, and the newborn was found in the living room with Lubitz’s friend, court papers show.
Two of Lubitz’s friends found her in the bathroom with the baby face down in about an inch of water, court papers show. The baby was pronounced dead shortly after police arrived.
An autopsy indicated “an apparent live birth” and said the cause of death was “drowning from being placed face down in the bathtub,” court papers show.
Lubitz told authorities she knew she was pregnant near the end of 2017 and saved money for an abortion, but later believed she had a miscarriage. She said she didn’t realize she was still pregnant until April 2018, court papers stated.
Lubitz told police she didn’t know she was in labor on May 5, 2018. She said she took a bath to ease stomach pain, fell asleep in the tub and woke up with her stomach feeling tight. She said she leaned over the edge of the tub and gave birth within a few seconds, court papers show.
The web history on her phone showed searches about pushing during childbirth and searches related to abortion and terminating late-term pregnancies. Lubitz told police the searches were for a relative who was pregnant, according to court papers.