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Fullerton mother arrested in killing of newborn boy

April 8, 2010 | 10:52 pm
A Fullerton mother was arrested Thursday on suspicion of killing her newborn baby boy in September, police said.

Ms366543143 Yanira Valderrama, 20, was taken into custody at her home, where she lives with her parents, the Fullerton Police Department said.

The case 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 determined that she had just given birth.

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

Officials say Valderrama was trying to conceal the pregnancy from her parents.

Valderrama is being charged with murder, child endangerment and inflicting great bodily injury while committing a felony, police said. She was booked at the Fullerton jail and then taken to Orange County Jail.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Yanira Valderrama. Credit: Fullerton Police Department