- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - A young woman has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after her newborn daughter was found partially buried outside an apartment complex in western Michigan.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1IVNLLZ ) Jessica Brewster entered the plea Friday in an agreement with prosecutors. Sentencing is June 16 in Muskegon County Circuit Court.

The 18-year-old from Muskegon had faced an open murder charge, meaning a jury could have chosen between first- and second-degree murder verdicts.

Police say Brewster admitted to smothering the baby because she feared her mother’s reaction to the pregnancy. Brewster was 17 at the time and a straight-A student at Muskegon High School with no criminal record. The baby was born in a bathroom in October.

A janitor at an apartment complex where Brewster’s grandmother lives found the body in November.

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Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, https://www.mlive.com/muskegon

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