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Columbia woman found guilty in 2018 death of infant

A Columbia woman faces life in prison after she was found guilty Wednesday by a Howard County Circuit Court jury of second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse in the death of her infant child in November 2018.

Moira Akers, 41, of Columbia is scheduled to be sentenced July 29.


According to a news release from the Office of the State’s Attorney for Howard County, on Nov. 1, 2018, Howard County Police were called to Howard County General Hospital after paramedics transported Akers there from her residence. Akers did not disclose the birth of her newborn to Howard County fire and EMS personnel who responded to treat her.

Through investigation, it was determined that Akers had recently given birth inside her home. Investigators responded to the house to conduct a welfare check and located a deceased newborn in a zipped plastic bag under a blanket in a closet with the door shut, according to the news release.


Akers told police that the baby had been stillborn. On Nov. 2, 2018, an autopsy was done by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and a report was issued in March 2019 that classified the death as a homicide. The report stated that the infant was a healthy, full-term baby and alive at birth. The cause of death was declared as asphyxiation and exposure.

Akers was arrested in April 2019 and charged with first-degree murder. When looking at Akers’ internet search history, police discovered multiple searches on how to terminate a pregnancy, they said.

Akers’ attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.