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O.C. mom guilty of abandoning baby in trash

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

July 28, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
An Orange County woman was found guilty of trying to kill her newborn daughter by dumping her into a trash bin.Shawn Kelli Sepulveda was convicted on Wednesday of attempted murder, endangerment and child abuse.

Sepulveda gave birth in August of 2008 in the bathtub of her apartment, where she lived with her husband and their two children.

According to prosecutors, the 39-year-old Laguna Niguel mother kept her pregnancy a secret, because a man that was not her husband was the father.

According to police testimony, Sepulveda cut the umbilical cord with a steak knife from her kitchen and took the infant to a trash bin in her apartment complex.

Sepulveda's other daughter discovered the baby in a trash bin later that day. The baby was taken to a hospital and brought into protective custody.

Sepulveda faces up to life in state prison at her Sept. 24 sentencing.

AP and CNS contributed to this report.