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Heather Mack’s Newborn Baby Could Stay Behind Bars



    Heather Mack’s Newborn Baby Could Stay Behind Bars
    Heather Mack, right, and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, both of Chicago, Ill., stand behind bars during their trials in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. The couple is charged with murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62.

    The newborn baby of a Chicago teen charged with killing her own mother while vacationing at a Bali resort may remain in Indonesian jail.

    Heather Mack, who gave birth to a healthy baby girl via Caesarian section this week, has stated that she wants to keep her baby in Bali so she can visit her in jail.  A prison official in Bali told the Associated Press that prison rules would allow the baby in prison with Mack until she is 2 years old.

    Some experts worry that the arrangement may come with a price.

    "The degree of corruption in the legal system boggles the mind," said Jeffrey Winters, a political science professor at Northwestern University who has studied the Indonesian legal system.

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    Winters – who was also asked by lawyers for Mack's uncle, William Wiese, to provide an expert opinion on alleged corruption in Indonesia and how that could impact the money Mack uses from a contested trust fund to pay for her legal and living expenses while in Bali – told NBC 5 Investigates that prison conditions vary dramatically in Indonesia no matter the crime.

    "Depending on how much money the prisoner has to pay guards and wardens and to have access to better foods, pillows, cushions, microwave ovens, TV, Internet and cell phone service, even fans and air conditioning," Winters said.

    Mack and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 21, were charged with killing Mack's mother, Sheila Von Wiese-Mack, and stuffing her body in a suitcase last August at a posh resort in Bali. The two are being tried separately.

    Both could face the death penalty if convicted.

    Complete Coverage: Bali Suitcase Murder

    04/21/15: Couple Found Guilty 

    04/14/15: Lawyers Seek Leniency for  Couple

    04/09/15: Prosecutors Insist Murder Was Planned

    03/31/15: Prosecutors Seek 18-Year Sentences

    03/27/15: Baby Stella Sick With Jaundice

    03/25/15: Baby Stella Rushed to Hospital: Report

    03/20/15: Mack "Ecstatic" to be a Mom, Lawyer Says

    03/19/15: Emails Show Concern Months Before Bali Slaying

    03/18/15: Mack's Baby Could Stay Behind Bars

    03/17/15: Heather Mack Gives Birth

    03/12/15: Schaefer Says von Wiese-Mack Attacked Him, Threatened Baby

    03/11/15: Mack Says Schaefer Killed Her Mother

    02/27/15: Teen Charged in Bali Murder is Suicidal, Attorney Says

    02/26/15: Bell Boy, Police Testify in Tommy Schaefer Trial

    02/06/15: Heather Mack Hospitalized

    02/04/15: Heather Mack: "I Loved My Mom"

    02/02/15: Trial of Chicago Couple Charged in Bali Murder Ordered to Proceed

    01/20/15: Judge Approves Release of $150K From Trust Fund

    01/16/15: Murder Suspect Sues Slain Mother's Estate to Pay For Defense

    01/14/15: Bali Suitcase Murder Trial Begins in Indonesia

    10/03/14: Suspect in Bali Suitcase Murder Says Slur Sparked Anger

    09/23/14: Lawyer: Unborn Child of Bali Murder Suspect is "Well-Formed"

    09/22/14: Lawyer Refutes Reports That Bali Murder Suspect Confessed

    09/19/14: Chicago Suspect Confesses in Bali Killing, Police Say

    08/27/14: Mother of Bali Murder Suspect Raises Money for Legal Defense

    08/26/14: Will of Chicago Woman Killed in Bali Filed in Court

    08/21/14: Police Say Disagreement Preceded Bali Suitcase Death

    08/20/14: Report: Chicago Woman Slain in Bali Received Over $800K

    08/20/14: Attorney: Couple Held in Bali Death Under Suicide Watch

    08/19/14: Police Reports Show History of Oak Park Teen Attacking Mom

    08/18/14: Pregnant Bali Murder Suspect Alleges Sexual Assault in Jail

    08/18/14: Body of Mom Slain in Bali En Route to U.S.

    08/16/14: Autopsy: Chicago Woman Killed in Bali Was Hit by "Blunt Object"

    08/16/14: Bali Murder Suspects Refuse to Cooperate, Police Say

    08/15/14: Teen Charged in Bali Murder May Be Pregnant

    08/15/14: Daughter, Boyfriend Charged With Murder in Bali Suitcase Killing

    08/14/14: Pair Held in Suitcase Death Have Had Psychiatric Examinations

    08/14/14: Bali Murder Suspect Hires Chicago Attorney

    08/13/14: Bali Murder Suspects Refuse to Cooperate: Police

    08/13/14: Chicago Tourist Killed, Stuffed in Suitcase in Indonesia

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