Mother to stand trial in infant’s death

first_imgSAN FERNANDO – A 23-year-old Newhall woman accused of murdering her newborn said she was angry at the baby after her boyfriend left her, a sheriff’s detective testified Tuesday. The testimony came in a preliminary hearing for Jacquelin Linaras, who on Tuesday was ordered to stand trial in the death of the infant girl. Judge Cynthia Ulfig set a March 20 arraignment in San Fernando Superior Court for Linaras, who is charged with murder and assault. Sheriff’s detective Margarita Barron interviewed Linaras a couple of weeks after the infant was found May 2, 2006, in a trash bin at a Newhall mobile home park. Linaras’ boyfriend left her after she revealed her pregnancy, and Linaras blamed the baby for that, Barron said. In her interview with detectives, Linaras said that she gave birth in the bathroom and left the baby lying there for a half-hour as she cleaned the floor, Barron said. Linaras said she wrapped the baby in a green towel, placed her in plastic bags and threw her in a trash bin, and that she did this alone, Barron said. [email protected] (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “She felt a lot of hatred and rage toward this child,” Barron said. Barron also said that when Linaras was shown a picture of the dead baby, she showed no reaction other than saying she recognized a towel the baby was found with. Dr. Yukay Wang, a deputy medical examiner for the coroner’s office, testified that the autopsy he conducted showed the baby girl died of head trauma. He conceded that other factors could have contributed to the baby’s death, including suffocation. The baby was found inside several plastic bags. A man renting a room in the same mobile home as Linaras, at the Polynesian mobile home park, told investigators he noticed Linaras had been pregnant, Barron said. “He asked her about it, she denied being pregnant and said she didn’t want any more kids as she already had twins,” Barron said. last_img read more