Convicted baby killer to be released from prison early - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Convicted baby killer to be released from prison early

Posted: Updated:
Panna Krom convicted of killing her newborn daughter ten years ago will be released later this month. (WFSB) Panna Krom convicted of killing her newborn daughter ten years ago will be released later this month. (WFSB)
NIANTIC, CT (WFSB) -

A Danbury woman convicted of killing her newborn daughter ten years ago will be released later this month.

Panna Krom, 26, appeared in front of the parole board on Wednesday morning at the York women's prison in Niantic where she had her clemency granted, even though she wasn't eligible for parole until 2019.

She'll be released on Sept. 30.

Her lawyer says Krom is rehabilitated, and others given similar sentences have received less prison time.

"Today's events remind us we are here for the crime I committed on my only baby 10 years ago. A terrible crime that's affected many lives," Krom said.

In 2008, she pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter as part of a plea deal. She has served nine years in prison.

She was convicted of drowning her baby daughter in a toilet inside her parents home. Krom was 17 at the time and claims to have committed the crime because her parents, who are from Cambodia, did not approve of premarital sex.

During her time behind bars, Krom's lawyer says her client has been a model prisoner by earning a high school degree, mentoring younger prisoners and speaking with visiting high school students. She is also taking college courses from Wesleyan University.

"Her record of rehabilitation is amazing. She hasn't had one disciplinary report," said Krom's attorney Vicki Hutchinson.

Krom's hearing began at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the J.B. Gates Correctional Institution in Niantic.

Copyright 2016 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.