5-year term in baby dump­ing


Los Angeles Times - - Beliefs - — Teresa Watanabe

A 41-year-old mother who dumped her new­born baby girl in a trash re­cep­ta­cle and left her for dead was sen­tenced Fri­day to five years in prison for at­tempted murder and child abuse.

Shawn Kelli Sepul­veda, 41, of La­guna Niguel tried to hide her preg­nancy from her hus­band be­cause he was not the fa­ther, said a spokes­woman for the Orange County district at­tor­ney’s of­fice.

Ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors, Sepul­veda gave birth to a girl Aug.16, 2008, in her apart­ment, then left the baby for dead in an out­door re­cep­ta­cle. At trial, Sepul­veda ad­mit­ted she knew she could have placed the baby up for adop­tion or sur­ren­dered her to a fire sta­tion.

Cal­i­for­nia law al­lows a baby to be sur­ren­dered to a hos­pi­tal, des­ig­nated fire sta­tion or other safe sur­ren­der site within 72 hours of birth.

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