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Mom arraigned on murder charge in death of her infant son

NEW CITY – A Spring Valley woman has been indicted on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of her infant son.

According to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe, Maria Oliva Guaman-Guaman, 23, of 41 North Myrtle Avenue gave birth to a full-term baby boy on November 12 and she is charged with strangling it and dumping his body in a recycling bin outside a convenience store in Spring Valley.

The dumpster was transported to Brookfield Recycling in Elmsford where a worker discovered the infant late on November 12, wrapped in a plastic bag amid discarded cardboard. His umbilical cord was still attached.

A probe into the circumstances of the child’s death led detectives from Westchester County Police to Spring Valley where they focused on the area near the Maple Avenue Convenience Store. Discarded items, including lottery tickets sold there, were found among the trash discarded with the baby.

Guaman-Guaman was identified as the infant’s mother through DNA samples provided to police.

Guaman-Guaman, a native of Ecuador, who is in the United States illegally, is in the Rockland County Jail without bail.  If convicted, she could face up to 25 years to life in state prison.