Mom sentenced over baby's remains at Indiana bridge
WINCHESTER, Ind. -- A woman has pleaded guilty to not reporting the death of her newborn daughter whose remains were found underneath a rural eastern Indiana bridge.
A Randolph County judge accepted 29-year-old Ana Monjes' guilty plea to the misdemeanor charges on Tuesday and gave her a one-year suspended sentence.
Monjes had faced felony neglect charges, but Prosecutor David Daly tells The Star Press he dropped those charges because he couldn't prove the child wasn't stillborn.
Authorities say Monjes is believed to have first buried the body outside a Union City apartment building last summer and then moved the remains to the bridge a few days before her October arrest.
Defense attorney Sam Beasley says he expects Monjes, a native of El Salvador, will move to Rhode Island, where her parents live.
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