Two-year old case comes to conclusion in San Fernando, mother faces life in prison.
Jacquelin Linaras, the mother of a newborn girl found dead
in a trash bin two years ago was convicted today of first-degree murder and
assault on a child causing death.
Jane Robison, spokesperson for the District Attorney’s
office, said that the jury deliberated for an hour and a half today in San
Fernando Superior Court, before returning with the guilty verdict.
The infant’s body was found in a trash bin in the Polynesian
Mobile Home Park
in Newhall on May 2, 2006 by a resident of the park who was looking for recyclables. Linaras
was convicted of killing the girl shortly after giving birth to her on May 1 by
smashing her head against a cabinet. The murder occurred in Linaras’ mobile
home in the park.
Linaras is scheduled to return to court Thursday to face
Judge Alice Hill, where she could receive a sentence of 25 years to life in
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.