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Fullerton teen allegedly stabs her newborn to death, hides body in closet

An 18-year-old Fullerton woman has been arrested after she delivered a baby girl at home, stabbed the newborn multiple times and left the infant's body in her bedroom closet, police officials said Tuesday.

The case marked the second time in as many weeks that a young mother has been arrested for allegedly killing her newborn baby.

Yoselin Torres Tovar showed up at a Fullerton-area hospital early Sunday weak from an apparent loss of blood, said Sgt. Andrew Goodrich of the Fullerton Police Department. Hospital employees called police when they suspected her condition resulted from childbirth.

The newborn's body was found in the home with multiple wounds from "a knife or knife-like object" after investigators obtained a warrant to search her parents' home in the 1100 block of West Williamson Avenue, Goodrich said.

The teen did not tell her parents she was pregnant or that she had given birth.

"The baby was full-term and fully viable," Goodrich said.

The other arrest occurred two weeks ago when Yanira Valderrama, 20, was taken into custody April 8 at the home where she lives with her parents after a seven-month investigation by Fullerton police.

It began when rescuers responded to a medical emergency at Valderrama's home Sept. 4 and took her to a hospital for treatment, police said. Doctors there determined that she had just delivered a baby.

Authorities returned to the home and found the newborn boy's body. An autopsy confirmed the infant died from "blunt force" trauma to the head and "asphyxia while submerged in water," Fullerton police officials said.

In both cases, Goodrich said, the young mothers could have opted to drop off their newborns at any fire station or hospital within 72 hours of birth for adoption.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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They could have dropped the babies off at my house, I would have taken care of those poor children.

The difference between this murder & a legal abortion? Less than 60 seconds.



What is wrong with people why give birth have an abortion put the child up for adoption or give it to the fire-station do not give birth and kill it. Sick is the word for it!

This is completely disgusting. What in the world are people thinking nowadays?

I call it way better, Stupid and foolish girls. Did you not know that having sex was going to get you pregnant? We are living in 2010 and I can't believe that these girls are still ignorant.

I hope this young woman gets HELP and not thrown in jail.

She managed to hide the pregnancy from her parents all the way to term and gave birth by herself. There was something clearly beyond disfunctional at home, and sending the mother to prison isn't going to solve the problem. She's not a danger to society at large, only to herself.

now throw her in prison for MURDER of her child and make her actually pay for her stay as well

she will go to jail while Nadya gets another paycheck from the gov.....
who is the bigger criminal?

What a monster.

What a sad article. All because they were probabaly too scared to inform their parents of their situation. Not only that, there are sooo many people waiting to adopt newborns. This could have played out differently.

couple of options here.1 refraim from having unprotected sex.2don't have sex at all.3.drop the newborn off at a safe haven.4. tell your parents (look now they already know).

Was she the victim of a rape? We don't know.
That could have had a severe impact on the birth,
especially if she could not get an abortion.

Okay, maybe I'm missing something here. She lived "at home" (assuming with her parents) and the parents had NO IDEA that their daughter was pregnant? Not even when she was about to give birth? And she delivered the baby at home, they didn't hear anything at all? Are the parents somehow involved, too? Maybe accomplices after the fact or something. I can't believe the parents had no idea that their daughter was pregnant. Simply amazing.

Shameful behavior. Please take the babies to a fire station or hospital and drop them off to keep them safe and to prevent you from doing something stupid that will affect you the rest of your life.

Adults seem to be aware of the fire station / hospital drop-off options, but teens do not. Parents and our "dedicated" teachers need to get on board with reality and ensure kids know about this. Passing on this knowledge is not advocating teen sex. Educating kids about the dangers of premature sexual contact is incomplete without also educating them as to how to handle things that occur as a result of poor decisions. Gotta grow up.

It's not uncommon for an overweight woman to be pregnant and have it not be so noticable. We don't know the specifics. Some people live at home and the parents aren't there, have issues of their own etc... unfortunately, it's not really amazing. It is tragic.

They should arrest the father too. It takes two to make a baby. Sick and tired of the double standard even if what she did was awful.

I think the government should punish as hang till death.

Shocking! I cannot believe these two mothers can kill and innocent child. They are making these babies pay for the mistakes they have done. Shame on them.


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