Meaker changes plea in child abandonment case

By WEEK Reporter

January 11, 2013 Updated Jan 11, 2013 at 10:58 PM CDT

TOULON, Ill. -- A Toulon woman accused of abandoning her baby has changed her plea to guilty.

At a pretrial hearing Friday, 19-year-old Kendra Meaker entered the written guilty plea via her court appointed public defender.

Meaker pleaded guilty to both charges against her: obstruction of justice/destroying evidence and endangering the life/health of a child.

She is accused of dumping her newborn, Mia Grace Thompson, in a ditch on a rural road near Toulon and then claiming to authorities the child was kidnapped at the post office.

Mia was later found alive.

A sentencing date has been set for March 8.