Woman pleads guilty in trash bin disposal of newborn baby


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 19-year old Connecticut woman who police say disposed of her dead newborn boy in a trash bin last year has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter.

The Hartford Courant reports Geralyz Sotomayor-Cruz entered the plea Tuesday and faces a sentence of 10 years in prison, suspended after 18 months.

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Police said the East Hartford woman, who was 18 at the time, hid her pregnancy from her family because she was afraid of how her mother would react.

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Prosecutors say she gave birth to the boy on Aug. 12, 2014 at her Tolland Street home, put him in a plastic trash bag and carried it to a garbage bin outside the house. Officials determined the newborn died of asphyxia and ruled the death a homicide.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 30.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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