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When jail is no solution to the crime

   It makes us all sick -- knowing that a newborn baby was shoved into a shoe box and thrown away like trash.

  That's what the police allege 19-year-old Alicia Zebrun did to the baby she gave birth to alone in her house after hiding the pregnancy from her parents.

   So far, no one knows why she did what she is accused of doing.

   Zebrun has been charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bond in jail.

   Many in the community want the book thrown at her. They want Zebrun to serve a long prison term.

   Others, including Neil Kaye, a forensic psychiatrist interviewed for today's story, said that jail time won't serve any good and that in most cases involving neonaticide, charges are dropped.

   What do you believe should happen to Zebrun?

   And what can be done to prevent more newborns from needlessly dying?

  -- Maki Becker


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