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Judge Allows Instant Messages in Wayne Mother's Murder Trial

Woman is accused of killing her newborn baby. Trial starts next month, report says.

Instant messages a Wayne woman now on trial for allegedly murdering her newborn child sent to a friend while she was pregnant will be allowed in court, a judge ruled this week, according to a NorthJersey.com report. However, the messages will be somewhat pared down, the report said.

State Superior Court Judge Raymond A. Reddin granted the prosecution's request to allow Keri Barry's instant messages to be considered in the trial, but said that certain messages that were particularly "inflammatory" could be taken out of consideration, the report said.

For example, a 2009 conversation in which Barry tells her friend she swallowed a week’s worth of birth control pills to lose the baby is allowed, the report said. But, her friend's response saying she hoped Barry did the damage she was hoping for was not allowed, it said. 

Barry's murder trial is set to begin next month, NorthJersey.com reported.

According to the report, Barry, now 26, gave birth at home without seeking medical attention in December 2009. 

After her family took her to the doctor and allowed for a search of her home, investigators found a male baby’s body wrapped in a garbage bag outside her home, the report said.

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