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Mother gets prison time, deportation in strangling death of her newborn

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Maria Oliva Guaman-Guaman was sentenced to 12 years in state prison with five years’ post-release supervision and mandatory deportation in the 2013 strangling death of a her newborn son. (Photo: Rockland County District Attorney)

Maria Oliva Guaman-Guaman was sentenced to 12 years in state prison with five years’ post-release supervision and mandatory deportation in the 2013 strangling death of a her newborn son. (Photo: Rockland County District Attorney)

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (PIX11) – A New York mother was sentenced to prison time and mandatory deportation Monday after she pleaded guilty to strangling her hours-old son and dumping his body in a recycling container, authorities said.

Maria Oliva Guaman-Guaman, now 24, was sentenced to 12 years in state prison with five years’ post-release supervision, according to the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office.

A native of Ecuador, Guaman-Guaman is in the U.S. illegally and will be deported when she completes her sentence, the DA’s office said.

“Today’s sentence brings to a close a disturbing case of a mother senselessly and violently killing her newborn child,” Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe said in a statement after the sentence was handed down.

“This crime should serve as a reminder that under New York’s Safe Haven law, a parent may anonymously surrender an unwanted infant to personnel in a safe place, such as a hospital, a police station or a fire station, without repercussions.”

Prosecutors said Guaman-Guaman gave birth to her son at her home Nov. 12, 2013.

Soon after, she admitted, she strangled the infant, stuffed his lifeless body — with his umbilical cord still attached — into a plastic bag and dumped it in a recycling container outside a store in Spring Valley, Zugibe said.

The dumpster with the baby’s body was taken later that day to a recycling center where a worker made the heartbreaking discovery. The child was found among discarded cardboard, the DA’s office said.

DNA led detectives to the child’s mother, prosecutors said without elaborating. Guaman-Guaman was arrested nearly a month later on Dec. 10, 2012

Two independent psychiatrists – one hired by the defense, the other by the prosecution – examined Guaman-Guaman and found she has Moderate Intellectual Disability and an IQ of 53 after having been kicked in the head by a horse when she was 7 years old, prosecutors said.

Both psychiatrists determined that Guaman-Guaman was “under the influence of an extreme emotional disturbance” when the baby was killed.

3 comments

  • GR

    #1 why are we paying for her prison sentence at all. She should be deported immediately. #2 but if we are going to insist on keeping her here then why not get her the appropriate mental health help she needs as was documented. Perhaps get her into a mental hospital versus putting her for 12 years in a prison when it doesn’t seem as though she is capable to understand the severity of her actions?

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