YouTube star Alyssa Anne Dayvault who killed two newborn babies and dumped them in trash gets 40 years in jail
YOUTUBE star Alyssa Anne Dayvault has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for dumping her two newborn babies in the trash, one after the other.
Dayvault, 32, was sentenced on Thursday after skipping her trial in October, when a jury convicted her of two counts of homicide by child abuse despite her absence from the court, according to the Myrtle Beach Sun News.
At the time, Judge Steven John sealed Dayvault’s sentence until she was located and brought to Horry County court.
Dayvault, a YouTube beauty blogger, gave birth to a baby girl in 2017 and a boy in 2018.
The jury convicted her of throwing both babies in the garbage moments after birthing them.
After showing little emotion while hearing her verdict, Dayvault tearfully asked the judge to reconsider her sentence, which does not include parole.
“I just want to apologize,” she said, and then referred to her other daughters.
“I hope one day they’ll forgive me for what I’ve done.”
Dayvault also apologized to her ex-boyfriend Chris Matechen, who fathered the infants, as well as his parents.
"I especially want to apologize to the Matechens. I never meant to do anything. I never harmed anyone. I made a horrible mistake in my actions, how I handled this. I would never do anything to harm anyone especially a child," said Dayvault while sobbing, according to WKRC.
Dayvault’s defense attorney Sharde Crawford argued that Dayvault suffered from mental health issues that may have contributed to her missing her trial.
"Though those mental health issues don't rise to the level of incompetency, as that avenue was explored, they certainly give context to the events that transpired," Crawford said.
But the judge and Chief Deputy Solicitor Scott Hixson said Dayvault’s sentence was appropriate for her crime.
“As it relates to mental health issues, your honor, in South Carolina, you're either insane or not. Since she's not, she bears the full brunt of the law and we believe your honor's sentence is appropriate in this case," Hixson said.
Matechen said Dayvault’s sentence provided him with some relief after living the past two years “with this type of burden with no type of closure.”
"This has been far and away, the hardest thing we've ever had to deal with. But hearing that justice is coming to her makes it a little easier to comprehend," Matechen said after his ex-girlfriend’s conviction.
Dayvault sought medical attention after giving birth and doctors were confused to find a placenta and umbilical cord without an infant.
She later admitted that she gave birth at her home in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and threw the newborn in a trash bin, and did the same for the other child.
In interviews with police observed by the jury, Dayvault initially said she understood she had a miscarriage and that "I would know if I had a baby.”
Minutes later, however, she broke down and said “yes” when asked if she could not handle the children anymore.
Dayvault, who was known for creative makeup art, had two other children and often posted photos with them on Instagram.
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