A WOMAN has been sentenced to jail for killing her baby as she gave birth.
The girl, who was 17 when she committed the crime, will serve another three years’ probation after leaving prison.
A judge found the young woman was aware she was pregnant, although she initially told doctors she had not known. Dismissing the prosecution’s request for the girl to serve seven years in prison and four on probation, the judge downgraded her sentence, although still convicting her of murder.
The girl was accused of hitting her baby on the head and chest after giving birth in a bathroom in Malaga. The woman says she was unaware she was pregnant, however, and fell after giving birth.
The prosecution said not believe the girl’s account, claiming they found text message between her and her boyfriend discussing the pregnancy and contending the baby was beaten rather than injured when the girl fell.
The girl was arrested after health workers found her baby in a vehicle. Despite trying to save the child’s life it died of its injuries. An autopsy revealed the child had been beaten.
Meanwhile, five doctors in Malaga are under fire for allegedly failing a pregnant woman.
A judge has now told the Andalucian Health Service (SAS) the professionals could face civil liability claims after failing to spot a woman was pregnant until she went into labour.
The claimant, Carolina, allegedly visited doctors five times with stomach pain, eventually giving birth to twins on her final visit, without anyone diagnosing she was pregnant.
The mother is now suing the doctors for “medical negligence,” after she was hospitalised for a month for complications from childbirth. Her two daughters are said to be well. Carolina first visited a Malaga health centre in June complaining of “severe leg pain, weight gain and that her period had stopped.”
Convinced she could not have children as she was obese, the woman was discharged from the centre before returning on August 1 for “severe abdominal pain.” Doctors once again failed to offer her a pregnancy test and instead diagnosed her with back pain and poor circulation.
Carolina returned again on September 10, telling doctors she had not had a period in four months and in a later appointment she explained she had developed a bump on her stomach. Doctors stuck to their diagnosis, telling the woman she instead needed to lose weight before she eventually gave birth in October.