About the woman who gave birth to a baby and then put her in a garbage bag

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For the life of me, I cannot understand how broken and disturbed someone must be to place a newborn baby in a garbage bag, as Maria Macdalena Castillo did in April.

Castillo, a 27-year-old resident of Tanglewood Apartments in Brooksville, is accused of placing her baby girl in a trash bag shortly after birth and then hiding the girl in her room, partially covered by clothing, reports Danny Valentine and Kathryn Varn of the Tampa Bay Times.

Authorities say Castillo gave birth to the girl early on April 28. Instead of calling family members or emergency personnel, she put the child in a plastic trash bag and went to her bedroom.

Castillo shared the apartment with her mother and Castillo’s adult siblings, all of whom apparently did not know Castillo was pregnant. They did not learn that she was pregnant until her brother went to take a shower that day and discovered what had happened.

Like I said, Castillo’s actions are unfathomable to me. Unfortunately, but undoubtedly, someone will defend Castillo. They’ll suggest that she may have been too embarrassed to discuss with her family her pregnancy or that she may have been too poor to have an abortion performed.

Save it. Castillo murdered a child. She is an abomination.

Think about this: that newborn remained alive for nearly an hour after being tied up inside a garbage bag — because survival is humanity’s strongest instinct.

Whatever Castillo’s punishment is, it won’t fit the crime. In her case, the Old Testament should apply and she should be the one tied up in a plastic bag and discarded.

Even then, I don’t know if that would be enough.


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.