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Baby killer gets 25 to life

Linaras sentenced for murder of infant

Posted: October 16, 2008 4:06 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2008 5:00 a.m.


A judge sentenced Jacquelin Linaras to 25 years to life Thursday for murdering her newborn baby and discarding the body in a mobile home park trash bin.

Linaras smashed her baby's head into a cabinet shortly after giving birth in May 2006, said Deputy District Attorney Carolyn McNary.

A resident discovered the infant's lifeless body in a trash bin the next day near Linaras' home in the Polynesian Mobile Home Park in Newhall.

Because she had no name, the newborn was known to investigators as Baby Jane Doe No. 36.
Linaras and her boyfriend, Jose de la Cruz Depaz, were arrested May 16, 2006, after a neighbor tipped off investigators.

Charges against Depaz were dropped in 2007.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury deliberated for less than two hours Sept. 29 before finding 25-year-old Linaras guilty of first-degree murder and assault on a child.

It was the type of case that prompted county Supervisor Michael Antonovich to introduce the Safe Surrender Program, said Antonovich spokesman Tony Bell.

Safe Surrender, which supervisors adopted unanimously in 2001, allows women to turn in their newborns to a county fire station or hospital with no legal reprecussions.

The fact that the ordinance was on the books when Linaras murdered her newborn was painful for Antonovich to accept, Bell said.

"This is the kind of incident we don't want to see," Bell said Monday.

"We don't want children abandoned in any sense of the word, but this (ordinance) is a better alternative than dumping, or worse," he said Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.




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