A medical expert has told court he believes the infants found dead in a Winnipeg storage locker were born alive.
Andrea Giesbrecht, 42, was arrested in October of 2014. She’s accused of hiding the remains in the locker on McPhillips Street.
Police made the grisly discovery after staff opened the locker because Giesbrecht was behind on her payments.
Dr. Michael Narvey, a neonatologist, says all six infants were near full term when born.
‘I believe some if not all of these children would have been born alive,’ he testified.
However, under cross-examination he admitted he can’t say with absolute certainty that the infants didn’t die in childbirth.
He says the pregnancies would have been ‘late third trimester’ with all of them between 34 or 42 weeks.
Narvey also testified the babies were all ‘structurally normal.’
He ruled out several diseases or illnesses that typically cause stillbirths.
Narvey told court there was no reason to believe the infants would have anything other than some small breathing problems, even if the mother induced pregnancy herself.
He said the pregnancies were too far along for an abortion.
Gynaecologist Dr. Sharon Naugler on stand this afternoon.
She says chances of one mother having six straight stillborns like this ‘medically impossible’, something like 1 in 500 trillion.
Naugler was asked by prosecutors if it was likely these babies were born alive.
‘Yes. Very likely,’ she told court.
Court heard yesterday about DNA testing that indicates Giesbrecht and her husband are the parents of all six infants.
When asked if it was possible for one woman to have six still births, Narvey responded it seemed ‘very, very improbable.’
The trial has also been told Giesbrecht has had at least 10 other legal abortions between 1994 and 2011.
She also has two sons, born in 1997 and 2002.
That means, if she is the mother of the six infants, she’s been pregnant at least 18 times in her life.
A former stripper from Mississauga was acquitted after she hid the remains of a dead infant that belonged to her.
680 CJOB’s Geoff Currier and Matt Carty spoke to her lawyer, Michael Moon about how that case unfolded and the similarities to the Andrea Giesbrecht trial.