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East Hartford woman sentenced for newborn's death

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Geralyz Sotomayor-Cruz appears in court. (WFSB) Geralyz Sotomayor-Cruz appears in court. (WFSB)

An East Hartford woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison for throwing her newborn into the trash. 

Geralyz Sotomayor-Cruz, 19, was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter.               

According to police, Sotomayor-Cruz gave birth to the little boy in August 2014. The newborn baby boy was stuffed in a white plastic garbage bag out by the curb outside her home.

Police said the child suffocated.

Police said Sotomayor-Cruz was charged with the child's death. She said she hid her pregnancy because she was afraid of how her mother would react.

During the court appearance, Sotomayor-Cruz kept her head down and shook her head no when asked if she wanted to say anything on her behalf.

The prosecution said she "made such a reckless, panic choice" and "how she was able to convince herself that the baby wasn't alive when she put the baby in the plastic bag." 

The sentence for Sotomayor-Cruz will be suspended after serving 18 months. She will have five years of probation.

In court, Sotomayor-Cruz said she didn't think she was pregnant anymore after she didn't deliver on her due date.  Judge Joan Alexander stressed Connecticut’s Safe Haven Law, which is a law protecting infants. 

“This is avoidable and is the reflection to understand the state of Connecticut will accept a child at any hospital without question just to ensure the safety of that child,” Alexander said.

The father and mother of Sotomayor-Cruz were at court on Friday afternoon, but they did not talk to the judge on her behalf.  

“We are hoping that we can move forward from this tragedy and my client can live a meaningful, productive life,” the lawyer for Sotomayor-Cruz said outside of court.

The baby's father was in the courtroom on Friday. He wrote a statement to the judge saying he would have taken care of the baby.

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