December 27

Mom pleads not guilty to charge of murdering baby

first_imgSAN FERNANDO – A woman believed to be the mother of a newborn found dead in a trash bin at a Newhall mobile home park pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and related charges. Jacquelin Linaras, 22, also was charged with assault on a child causing death during arraignment in San Fernando Superior Court. If convicted, she faces 25 years to life in prison, Deputy District Attorney Carolyn McNary said. Linaras’ boyfriend, Jose de la Cruz Depaz, 43, also pleaded not guilty to being an accessory to murder, which carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison if convicted, McNary said. Commissioner Gerald Richardson set bail at $1 million for Linaras and $500,000 for Depaz. A preliminary hearing for is set for June 7. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Linaras was arrested May 16 at her home at the Polynesian Mobile Home Park, about two weeks after a woman searching the trash there for recyclables found the body of a baby girl with the umbilical cord still attached. The girl was the third infant found abandoned and dead in Los Angeles County so far this year, despite a state law allowing unwanted newborns to be left at fire stations or hospitals within 72 hours of their birth, no questions asked. In response to the incident, the county Fire Department and Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital have organized two community workshops on the Safe Surrender program. Officials scheduled a session in Spanish tonight because the baby girl was discovered in a primarily Latino neighborhood. An English-language session is slated for June 8. “We just wanted to make sure we are specifically communicating with the Hispanic community so they understand the resources that are available,” said Stephanie English, a county fire community services representative. “We’re going to discuss how to approach a fire station. … There’s a doorbell, and at 2 o’clock in the morning, you can ring it and they’re there to help.” [email protected] (661)257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more