Providence woman pleads not guilty in death of infant

PROVIDENCE — A 22-year-old Providence woman on Monday pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her infant in March 2019.

Last April, Providence police charged the woman, Ginalys Velazquez Camara, with first-degree murder, saying she had not met her responsibility to provide care for the child or obtain care.

Camara delivered the newborn on March 23 without medical assistance, according to police.

On March 30, police said the newborn had been found in an apartment on Ring Street where Camara lived with her brother and an uncle.

Camara is represented by former R.I. Attorney General Jeffrey B. Pine, who said she has support from her family, including a brother who appeared at Monday’s plea hearing before Magistrate Richard Raspallo.

“There were a lot of issues going on at the time this baby was born, and those will be explored as the case goes forward,” Pine said.

He declined to elaborate, although he said he had provided prosecutors with evidence and “other materials” that he believes assisted them in decisions regarding the indictment.

Raspallo set bail at $50,000 with surety, which means Camara would need to post 10% or $5,000.

Her next court date is April 8.

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