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O.C. mom accused of drowning baby in toilet pleads guilty

September 27, 2011 |  9:18 pm

Yanira Valderama A Fullerton woman accused of drowning her newborn baby in a toilet has pleaded guilty to felony child abuse as part of a deal struck with prosecutors.

Orange County prosecutors agreed to dismiss murder charges against Yanira Valderrama, 21, in exchange for her plea, according to a report by KTLA-TV Channel 5.

The case began when rescuers responded to a medical emergency at Valderrama's home on Sept. 4, 2009, and took her to a hospital for treatment, the Fullerton Police Department 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.


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Photo: Yanira Valderrama. Credit: Fullerton Police Department