MUSKEGON, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – An 18-year-old Muskegon woman has been sentenced to 19 months to 15 years for suffocating her newborn daughter.READ MORE: What Is The Best Sunscreen For Me? Environmental Working Group Releases Annual Guide
The Muskegon Chronicle reports Jessica Lynn Brewster —who had pleaded guilty to manslaughter by criminal negligence — was sentenced Thursday by Muskegon County 14th Circuit Chief Judge William C. Marietti.
Overriding a request by her attorney, Marietti ruled she will keep the felony on her record.
According to authorities, Brewster — age 17 at the time — suffocated her baby with a towel to silence her crying on Oct. 15, 2014. She had just given birth in a bathroom in her family’s house.READ MORE: Parole Denied For Don Miller Who Killed 4 Women In Lansing In The 1970s
According to a police reporte, Brewster said she held a towel over the baby’s face when she heard footsteps coming toward the bathroom. The child died in under a minute. The next day she buried the body outside her great-grandmother’s apartment complex where it was found by a janitor.
According to authorities, Brewster said she had concealed her pregnancy, and panicked when she gave birth because she was afraid of what her mother and sisters would think.
With credit for 281 days already served, she could be free in less than 10 months if she serves her minimum sentence.
Prior to the birth of her child, Brewster was high school honors student with no criminal record.MORE NEWS: Michigan Court Seeks More From Whitmer About Abortion Ban Challenge
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