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Woman Who Fatally Stabbed Her Newborn and Hid the Body Sentenced to 16 Years to Life in Prison

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A young woman who gave birth in the bathroom in secret, then stabbed the newborn to death and hid the body, has been sentenced to serve 16 years to life in prison.Yoselin Torres Tovar, now 20, pleaded guilty May 1 to second-degree murder, with a sentencing enhancement for using a deadly weapon, notes City News Service. Tovar took the guilty plea just hours before her trial was to begin.

Tovar was 18 years old when she gave birth in the bathroom of her family's Fullerton home on the morning of April 18, 2010. She stabbed the newborn multiple times, then wrapped the body in a blanket and placed it in a bedroom closet.

Family members noticed Tovar was bleeding and took her to Fullerton's St. Jude Hospital. Doctors determined she had given birth and called the police, who later found the hidden corpse.