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Mom sentenced in death of newborn found in college dorm

Posted at 4:30 PM, Jun 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-21 16:30:45-04

RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) — A woman has been sentenced in the death of a newborn whose body was found inside a trash bag at college dormitory outside Cleveland.

Breyona Reddick, 21, of Cleveland, was sentenced Tuesday to a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of 15 years, based on good behavior. She pleaded guilty in April to involuntary manslaughter as part of a deal with Portage County prosecutors, who dismissed several other counts including aggravated murder, child endangerment and tampering with evidence,

The newborn’s body was found in October 2019 inside a trash bag that had been left in a dormitory restroom at Hiram College, a small liberal arts school. The Portage County coroner has said the child was a boy and was born full-term, but prosecutors said defense lawyers were expected to argue at trial that the child was stillborn.

Speaking at her sentencing, Reddick expressed remorse for her actions, saying it was a “lapse in judgement.”

Hiram College officials have said Reddick had been a student at the school but was not enrolled when her baby was found.

Hiram is roughly 42 miles (68 kilometers) southeast of downtown Cleveland.

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