Oregon woman seeks release pending murder trial

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon woman accused of aggravated murder in the death of her newborn baby will ask a judge in Eugene to release her from jail while she awaits trial.

KVAL-TV reports that 23-year-old Angelica Swartout of Springfield is accused of killing her newborn baby and leaving the body in a Dumpster in October 2010. A search of a nearby landfill was called off after three days and no body was found.

KVAL said that Swartout's defense lawyers filed the motion for release last week.

Springfield Police Sgt. Dave Lewis told KVAL that Swartout will appear in front of Lane County Circuit Judge Suzanne Chanti sometime this week and ask to be released.

Police said Swartout told family members her baby had died at birth.

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Information from: KVAL-TV, http://www.kval.com/