A Wayne County jury has convicted Emily Portellos of second-degree murder and child abuse in the October 2008 death of her newborn daughter.

The 30-year old Portellos, of Plymouth Township, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison at her sentencing later this month. The jury deliberated over eleven hours before reaching a verdict.

Prosecutors argued that Portellos kept her pregnancy secret and smothered the baby in order to avoid the embarrassment of being an unwed mother.

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