- Associated Press - Friday, September 15, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Board of Pardons will consider Friday whether to recommend commuting the life sentence of a woman who left her newborn to drown in a portable toilet.

The board will hear arguments from supporters of Tina Brosius, who was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in 1995. They say her sentence was harsher than penalties imposed on women who committed similar crimes.

The district attorney who prosecuted the case tells PennLive.com her sentence should be commuted only after serving 30 years.

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At trial, Brosius said she let the child die in a park near Harrisburg because she feared her parents would kick her out. She was 18 and already had two children.

The board will make a recommendation to the governor, who will make the final decision.

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