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Mother Sentenced To 25 To Life For Murder Of Newborn

Newhall woman hits baby's head against furniture, throws body in trash bin.

A mother convicted of killing her newborn
girl and dumping her body in a trash bin was sentenced today to 25
years to life in prison, the District Attorney’s office announced.

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Judge Alice Hills sentenced Jacquelin Linaras, following the
25-year-old’s conviction last month of first-degree murder and
assault on a child causing death.

A San Fernando Superior Court jury deliberated less than two
hours before finding Linaras guilty. Deputy District Attorney
Carolyn McNary said Linaras killed her newborn girl shortly after
giving birth on May 1, 2006, by hitting the infant’s head on a
cabinet. Linaras then dumped the body in a trash bin near her home
in the Polynesian Mobile Home Park in Santa Clarita. The body was
discovered May 2 by a resident searching for recyclables.

Under California law, parents or legal guardians can drop off
unwanted children within 72 hours of birth to designated sites such
as fire stations or hospital emergency rooms with no fear of arrest
or prosecution.

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