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Spring Valley mother pleads guilty to killing infant son

NEW CITY – A Spring Valley woman pled guilty in Rockland County Court to felony manslaughter in the first degree in connection with the death of her newborn child.

On November 12, 2013, Maria Oliva Guaman-Guaman, 41, of 41 North Myrtle Avenue gave birth to a full-term baby boy at her residence and admitted to strangling the infant with a ligature and tossing his body into a recycling container outside a convenience store in Spring Valley.

The dumpster was transported to Brookfield Recycling in Elmsford where a worker discovered the infant late the same day. The body was found 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 the Westchester County Department of Public Safety and Elmsford Police to Spring Valley where they concentrated on the Maple Avenue Convenience Store.

Guaman-Guaman was identified as the baby’s mother based on DNA samples provided to Spring Valley detectives.

The guilty plea entered Monday is based on reports of two independent psychiatrists. A doctor hired by the defense found Guaman-Guaman had a full-scale IQ of 53 and was found to be living with moderate intellectual disability, having suffered brain damage after being kicked in the head by a horse at age seven. The doctor said she suffered from an extreme emotional disturbance at the time of the murder.

A Psychiatrist hired by the prosecution also examined her and concurred that she committed the homicide under the influence of an extreme emotional disturbance.

Guaman-Guaman will be sentenced to 15 years in state prison and five years of parole when sentenced in September.  As part of the plea, the Ecuador native, who is in the US illegally, will face mandatory deportation after completion of her sentence.