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Nov 10, 2012 12:45 AM by CJ, The Associated Press

OC mom who dumped baby in dumpster gets 15 years

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Orange County prosecutors say a mother who gave birth to a girl, suffocated the baby and dumped her in a restaurant dumpster has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

Spokeswoman Farrah Emami says 21-year-old Juana Perez Valencia was sentenced Friday after being found guilty of second degree murder and other charges in September.

On Dec. 22, 2009, Valencia gave birth to a baby girl in the restroom of Sombrero's, a Stanton Mexican restaurant. After suffocating the baby, she put the body in a plastic bag and threw it into a dumpster.

The next day Valencia went to the hospital for treatment, claiming she'd been hurt in a fall and denied giving birth despite medical evidence.

The hospital contacted authorities, who discovered the baby's body in their investigation.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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