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Mother Sentenced in
Murder of Infant Girl

October 16, 2008
Contacts: Joe Scott, Director of Communications
Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
Shiara Dávila, Assistant PIO
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SAN FERNANDO – 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.

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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