Yoselin Torres Tovar, 2 Days into Murder Trial, Pleads Guilty to Stabbing Her Newborn to Death
Two days into her jury trial, a 20-year-old Fullerton mother pleaded guilty today to repeatedly stabbing her newborn girl to death and hiding the corpse in the closet of her family's home in April 2010. Yoselin Torres Tovar is scheduled to be sentenced to 16 years to life in state prison at a June 1 Santa Ana hearing. She copped to one felony count of second degree murder with a sentencing enhancement allegation for the use of a deadly weapon.
Then 18, Tovar didn't want to have a baby, and no one in her family knew she was pregnant when, between 7 and 9 a.m. on April 18, 2010, she gave birth in the bathroom of her family's Fullerton home. Tovar went on to stab the baby girl multiple times, wrap up the body and place the bundle in her bedroom closet.
Family members saw blood on Tovar and took her to St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton, where doctors examined her and determined she had just given birth. Shortly after police were alerted, Tovar expelled the placenta at the hospital.
That night, cops found the discarded newborn, and Tovar was arrested on suspicion of murder.