Mom Convicted Of Killing Newborn

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A jury has convicted a suburban Detroit woman of second-degree murder and child abuse in the October 2008 death of her newborn daughter.
Thirty-year-old Emily Portellos faces up to life in prison at her Oct. 27 sentencing after being found guilty Wednesday in Wayne County Circuit Court. Jury deliberations followed a two-week trial.
Police found the newborn in a trash bag in her Plymouth Township home, about 20 miles west of Detroit.
Prosecutors argued Portellos kept her pregnancy secret and smothered the baby to avoid the shame of being an unwed mother.
Defense attorneys said the child most likely did not survive the unassisted breach birth or the uncontrolled bleeding of a severed umbilical cord. Attorneys declined comment following the verdict.

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