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O.C. woman arrested for death of newborn boy

April 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 20-year-old Fullerton woman has been arrested for the murder of her newborn boy. Yanira Valderrama was taken into custody Thursday at the home she shares with her parents in Fullerton. On September 4, 2009 firefighters responded to Valderrama's home for medical aid. Valderrama was later transported to the hospital for treatment where it was determined that she had just given birth.

"Fullerton Fire responded back to the apartment and found the newborn baby boy deceased," said Sgt. Andrew Goodrich of the Fullerton Police Department.

An autopsy later determined the cause of death was a blunt force injury to the head and asphyxia while submerged in water.

Police believe Valderrama was trying to hide the pregnancy from her parents and was at full term when she gave birth to the child.

Valderrama is being charged with murder, child endangerment, and inflicting great bodily injury while committing a felony. She was booked at the Fullerton Jail, and later taken to Orange County Jail.