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

April 20, 2010 |  3:36 pm

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