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24-year-old Monsey woman jailed for strangling her newborn son and throwing him in the trash

By Mason White 4:31 PM September 16, 2014
Maria Oliva Guaman-Guaman 

By: Devansh Dutt
A Monsey woman was arrested, charged and convicted of manslaughter after strangling her newborn son, prosecutors in New York said.

The Rockland County District Attorney’s Office said that 24-year-old Maria Oliva Guaman-Guaman, was sentenced to serve 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter as part of a plea bargain agreement with prosecutors.

Guaman-Guaman from Ecuador, lived in the U.S. illegally. She will be deported when she completes her sentence.

“This crime should serve as a reminder that under the Safe Haven Law of New York, a parent can anonymously drop off an unwanted baby at a hospital, a police station or a fire station, without repercussions,” the District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

According to the police investigation, soon after giving birth, she admitted that she strangled the child, put his lifeless body with the umbilical cord still attached in a plastic bag and threw him in a recycling bin outside a store in Spring Valley.

DNA led detectives to the child’s mother.

Two independent psychiatrists – one hired by the defense, and the other by the prosecution – examined the defendant and found that she has a low IQ as a result of being kicked in the head by a horse when she was 7 years old.

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