Ore. woman accused of killing baby says she lied
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon woman accused of killing her newborn son says she tearfully confessed to smothering the baby because she'd otherwise have to tell her family she faked the whole pregnancy.
Angelica Swartout, of Springfield, testified in court Tuesday that she wore baggy fleece all summer in 2010. She demonstrated from the witness stand how she pushed out her belly to fake the pregnancy and said it brought her attention from her family.
The 24-year-old hotel clerk is accused of smothering the child in an employee bathroom and putting the remains in a garbage can. But no body has been found.
According to The Eugene Register-Guard (http://bit.ly/xh9HIO ), she testified that she went along with police during an interrogation and tearfully confessed so she wouldn't have to tell her family she had lied.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com