- Associated Press - Thursday, March 2, 2017

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island maid arrested in the death of her newborn baby has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota says Santos Elena Ruiz Solano gave birth in 2014 in West Islip where she was employed as a live-in housekeeper.

Spota says that when she went to a nearby hospital due to bleeding, she initially denied giving birth. The baby was later found in a plastic bag in the garbage and given to hospital personnel who called police.

The Suffolk County medical examiner determined the infant was born alive and died from “blunt impact injuries of the head.”

Solano was sentenced on Thursday.


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