Calif. mom who dumped baby in dumpster gets 15 years

21-year-old Juana Perez Valencia

21-year-old Juana Perez Valencia

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Orange County prosecutors say a mother who gave birth to a girl, suffocated the baby and dumped her in a restaurant dumpster has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

Spokeswoman Farrah Emami says 21-year-old Juana Perez Valencia was sentenced Friday after being found guilty of second degree murder and other charges in September.

On Dec. 22, 2009, Valencia gave birth to a baby girl in the restroom of Sombrero’s, a Stanton Mexican restaurant. After suffocating the baby, she put the body in a plastic bag and threw it into a dumpster.

The next day Valencia went to the hospital for treatment, claiming she’d been hurt in a fall and denied giving birth despite medical evidence.

The hospital contacted authorities, who discovered the baby’s body in their investigation.

Credit: The Associated Press.
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