A teenage mother who reportedly murdered her newborn, stuffed the baby’s body in a bag and went on an excursion through the Victoria’s Secret in Herald Square in 2013, was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
21-year-old Tiona Rodriguez was just 17 when she became a mother. The teen reportedly gave birth in a friend’s bathroom and smothered the child.
The New York Post reports that Rodriguez had faced life behind bars if convicted. But the woman pleaded guilty last month to first-degree manslaughter under extreme emotional disturbance, a move that paved the way for a less harsher sentence.
“We hope this brings justice to the baby boy who never got to live his life,” prosecutor Chloe Kendall said before the judge handed down the sentence.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Thomas Farber said the incident was “a horribly sad and tragic case.”