Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebecer Who Pleaded Guilty to Infanticide Must Get Pregnancy Tests Twice a Year

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebecer Who Pleaded Guilty to Infanticide Must Get Pregnancy Tests Twice a Year

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Quebecer ordered to have 2 pregnancy tests a year

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MONTREAL - A Quebec woman who pleaded guilty to infanticide must take a pregnancy test every six months, a judge ordered Thursday.

The 43-year-old woman pleaded guilty in November after her newborn baby was found in a plastic bag after she gave birth at home in July 2016.

The woman's lawyer said his client didn't know she was pregnant.

"It was a denial of pregnancy," Joseph La Leggia told reporters after the hearing at the Montreal courthouse.

"She did not know she was pregnant. She does not remember what happened. A complete amnesia."

The newborn was taken to hospital but died a few days later.

The accused was originally charged with murder.

Quebec court Judge Linda Despots sentenced the woman to 20 months to be served in the community as well as three years' probation. …

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