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August 9, 2012

Mother pleads guilty in newborn's death a decade ago

GAYLORD, Minn. —

A woman who left her newborn child to die in the woods 10 years ago has pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree manslaughter.

Amy Ann Romero, 29, had been indicted on first-degree murder and other charges. But the case was complicated because the infant’s body was never discovered and there were no witnesses.

Minnesota law would have required Romero’s confession to be corroborated by independent evidence if the case had gone to trial.

She received an eight-year sentence but with credit for good time and time served, Romero will be released and placed on parole in about five years.

Law enforcement long-believed Romero was involved in the child’s death, but it lacked enough evidence to take the case before a jury.

Interest in the child's death was renewed about a year ago when Romero, formerly known as Amy Aune, who was living in Missouri, told a co-worker about how she had given birth to a girl 10 years ago and left her to die in a wooded area.

“The end result is that Ms. Romero did acknowledge her responsibility for the death of the child and will spend a significant time in prison for her actions,” Sibley County Attorney David Schauer said.

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Details for this story were provided by The Free Press in Mankato, Minn.

 

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