Yoselin Torres Tovar, who two days into her murder trial last month pleaded guilty to repeatedly stabbing her newborn girl to death and hiding the corpse in the closet of her family's home, was sentenced Friday to 16 years to life in state prison.
That was the expected penalty after the 20-year-old copped to the slaying.
Then 18-year-old 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.
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She pleaded guilty May 1 to one felony count of second degree murder with a sentencing enhancement allegation for the use of a deadly weapon.