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Young mom accused of killing infant pleads to lesser charges

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A young woman accused of murder in the death of her infant is entering a plea agreement to lesser charges in the case today. The malice murder charge brought against Anitra Hicks will be reduced to voluntary manslaughter.  Hicks is also pleading guilty to concealing a death. The other charges in the case - felony murder, cruelty to children and contributing to the death of a minor will not be prosecuted.  Hicks could have faced a sentence of life plus forty years in the case if convicted by jury.  The plea agreement is open-ended; meaning no sentence has been pre-determined.  Judge Michael Karpf could sentence her to between one and thirty years under the plea agreement. 

The prosecution laid out the facts of the case in court this morning - including statements that witnesses had made countering Hicks contention that she didn't realize she was pregnant until she gave birth in the bathroom of her home on December 3, 2011.  The prosecution says after giving birth to the child on the toilet sometime between 11pm and 6 or 7am the next morning, she wrapped it in garbage bags and hid it in the backyard until Tuesday morning when she put it in her family's trash can for the garbage truck to pick up. One of the sanitation workers discovered the child in the back of the truck when the compactor got stuck.

Judge Karpf says he wants time to reflect on the facts of the case before determining sentence. The defense presented several character witnesses this morning. More evidence and arguments will be presented at another hearing - likely in January - at which time, the Judge is expected to pronounce sentence.

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