Sunday, July 8, 2007

Iowa woman to be charged with murder in newborn's death

Associated Press - July 7, 2007 2:34 PM ET

SOLON, Iowa (AP) - A Solon woman will be arraigned next week in Florida on a charge of first-degree murder. That's according to court records.

Eighteen-year-old Ashley Truitt is accused of killing her newborn baby while vacationing in Pompano Beach, Florida with her family. Police say that Truitt gave birth to a girl in a hotel bathroom on June 2nd. She then threw the child down a trash chute, killing her. Truitt had not disclosed her pregnancy.

Truitt pleaded not guilty soon after a Broward County, Florida, grand jury returned the indictment against her last week.

Truitt faces a mandatory life sentence under Florida law if convicted.

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