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Iowa Woman Accused of Dumping Baby in Trash Pleads Guilty

Iowa Woman Accused of Dumping Baby in Trash Pleads Guilty Photo: MGNonline.

August 12, 2017 08:08 PM

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa woman accused of leaving the baby for dead in a trash can has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the case.

The Press-Citizen reports that 24-year-old Ashley Hautzenrader pleaded guilty Friday in Johnson County District Court to child endangerment and to neglect or abandonment of a depended person. In exchange, prosecutors dropped an attempted murder charge.

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Authorities have said Hautzenrader gave birth May 8 last year in a bathroom at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Police say Hautzenrader tried to flush the baby down a toilet and then put it in a pillowcase and left it in the trash. The child was soon found alive.

Hautzenrader faces up to 12 years in prison when she's sentenced at a later date.

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