Mother pleads guilty to child's 2002 death
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge woman has pleaded guilty of manslaughter in the death of her newborn baby in 2002.
Joann King, 30, was given a 10-year suspended sentence and five years of home incarceration.
She was indicted in December 2012 on second degree murder charges in connection with the 2002 death.
King was barely 18 years old when police say she gave birth in the back of a car, wrapped the baby in a bag, then placed her in a neighbor's trash can. The newborn baby girl was later found dead in a garbage truck. The coroner determined the baby was alive at birth, but died of trauma.
In 2002, six women were suspected, including King. Police took King's DNA and questioned her but determined the evidence just wasn't strong enough to hold her at the time.
She was arrested in January 2012 after a cold case re-test of the DNA ruled out all the other suspects.
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