Jury deadlocks in trial of woman charged with killing newborn
An Orange County judge declared a mistrial in the case of a 21-year-old woman accused of strangling her newborn and dumping the baby's body in a trash bin at a restaurant.
Jurors voted 10-2 in favor of acquitting Juana Perez Valencia of Anaheim of first-degree murder and later voted 7-5 in favor of convicting her of second-degree murder, the Orange County Register reported.
A decision on whether to hold another trial for Valencia will be made within a couple of weeks.
Valencia is accused of giving birth in December 2009 to a baby girl in a restroom at Sombrero's, a Mexican restaurant in Stanton, and suffocating her before putting her in a plastic bag and dumping her body behind the restaurant, according to prosecutors.
Valencia is accused of going to a hospital for treatment and claiming she had been hurt in a fall. The hospital staff determined she had given birth and contacted authorities.
-- Dalina Castellanos
Photo: Juana Perez Valencia. Credit: KTLA-TV