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Mom Pleads Guilty After She 'Left Her Baby To Die'

CHICAGO (STMW) -- A 25-year-old woman charged who took at least 10 abortion pills before having a baby, then tying the infant in a plastic bag and leaving her in a closet, pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter.

Marisol Molina, 25, who was originally charged with murder, pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to three years in prison, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's office.

Molina, who was seven to nine months pregnant, wrapped the baby in a robe and tied her in a plastic bag on Feb. 18, 2010, before hiding her in a closet in her home -- where the baby was discovered dead a day later, Asst. State's Atty. Kevin DeBoni said at Molina's bond hearing.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office determined the girl had air in her lungs and stomach, which indicated she was alive before being put into the bag, DeBoni said.

Molina ordered the abortion drug Misoprostol on the Internet on Feb. 12, 2010, and then took 10 of the pills, DeBoni said. The drug is designed to cause contractions to expel an embryo, and is usually administered after women are given Mifeprex -- commonly known as the abortion pill RU-486, which blocks the hormone that maintains pregnancy.

Molina told police she knew about the drug from one of two prior abortions, DeBoni said.

Molina used her hands to rip the umbilical cord when she gave birth on the toilet at her home in the 6100 block of North Sheridan Road, DeBoni said.

Later that evening, her boyfriend took her to a hospital when she started feeling sick.

Molina initially denied having given birth but then admitted she had a baby. Doctors had to expel her placenta, which showed she was between seven and nine months pregnant, DeBoni said.

Authorities found the baby a day later after Molina told them where she put her, DeBoni said.

"The defendant induced the birth of her child only to wrap the baby in a robe and then tie the baby in a plastic bag and discard the bag in a closet as if it were garbage," DeBoni said. "The defendant left that helpless baby to die inside this bag concealed in a closet."

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