- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) - A woman charged with strangling a newborn and leaving him in a recycling bin in suburban New York has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Maria Oliva Guaman-Guaman entered the plea after psychiatrists determined she acted under extreme emotional distress, suffered from brain damage and a low IQ.

The Journal News (https://lohud.us/1wnTTVm ) says the 24-year-old defendant faces 15 years in prison and mandatory deportation to her native Ecuador after her release.

Sentencing was set for Sept. 4.

Her attorney argued Guaman-Guaman killed the infant due to an emotional outburst and therefore did not realize the wrongfulness of her actions.

Her original second-degree murder charge was dropped as a result of the finding.

The body of the baby, dubbed “Baby Angel, was discovered in Spring Valley on Nov. 12, 2013.


Information from: The Journal News, https://www.lohud.com

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