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Subject: Woman guilty of manslaughter in death of baby

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Date Posted: January 29, 2003 1:39:37 EDT

A college student was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the death of her newborn daughter, who was found stuffed in a plastic bag in a dormitory room trash can.

A Circuit Court jury issued the verdict Tuesday night against Angelita Turner, who had been on trial for the second time on a murder charge. The jury also had the option of convicting Turner of reckless homicide but decided on the middle charge, manslaughter.

The jury recommended a sentence of 10 years for the 23-year-old Murray State University student. Sentencing was set for March 10. With credit for time already served, Turner could be eligible for probation within three months.

A September murder trial resulted in a mistrial when the jury could not reach a verdict.

Prosecutor Gail Cook argued during the five-day trial that Turner planned the infant's death by concealing her pregnancy and refusing prenatal care.

Turner's attorney, Tom Glover, said the medical evidence showed the infant was stillborn, disputing the prosecution's contention that there was evidence that the little girl took a breath.

The infant's body was found in Turner's dormitory room in March 2001, after a hospital worker treated Turner and became suspicious that she had delivered a baby.

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