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Fla. woman gets life in prison for murder of week-old baby

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(CBS/AP) MILTON, Fla. - A Florida woman will serve life in prison for the murder of her week-old baby.

Michelle Vasquez was found guilty after a two-day trial ended in September.

Judge David Rimmer ordered the 35-year-old to spend life in prison, plus 35 more years for convictions on aggravated child abuse and violation of probation for grand theft auto.

Santa Rosa County sheriff's deputies found Vasquez with her dead infant in April 2010, reports The Northwest Florida Daily News. Authorities say she took her daughter, Madison Flores, into the woods behind her mother's house and smothered her. Vasquez had been staying there at the time of the incident.

Vasquez's mother called police to disclose her daughter's location.


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