Teen mom convicted of stabbing newborn, hiding corpse in closet
Yoselin Torres Tovar, 20, of Fullerton pleaded guilty on the second day of jury trial to one felony count of second-degree murder with a sentencing enhancement and faces 16 years to life in state prison.
Prosecutors say Tovar gave birth to the girl in April 2010 in the bathroom of her family’s home and stabbed the newborn multiple times. Tovar wrapped the baby’s body and placed her in a bedroom closet.
Authorities say Tovar’s family was not aware she was pregnant and took her to a hospital when they saw blood on the teen.
Doctors examined Tovar, determined she had just given birth and alerted police, who discovered the corpse of the newborn in the closet later that night. Tovar’s sentencing is scheduled June 1.
-- Matt Stevens
Photo: Yoselin Torres Tovar. Credit: KTLA-TV