Juana Perez Valencia Gets 15 Years to Life for Murdering and Dumping Her Newborn
Juana Perez Valencia Guilty of Murdering Newborn Baby Tossed in Dumpster
Juana Perez Valencia: Accused Baby Killer Blocked From Testifying in English
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Valencia was 19 in December 2009 when she gave birth to a girl in the restroom of the Sombrero's restaurant on Katella Avenue in Stanton. The food server wrapped the newborn in a plastic bag and dumped the 6.3-pound and 17-inch-long bundle of joy in the dumpster out back, killing the child. The next day, Valencia checked into Anaheim Medical Center, where she denied having just given birth when asked by doctors, who suspected otherwise and contacted the Anaheim Police Department.
Concluding Valencia may have dumped the body at her work, which is in the Orange County Sheriff's Department jurisdiction, sheriff's investigators took over the probe, discovered inconsistencies in her statements and tracked her previous movements to Sombrero's, where the baby's body was was found.
Facing two juries was not the only unusual part of Valencia's trial, as the Mexico City native was forced to testify in court in Spanish.
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