EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The murder trial of a Springfield woman accused of smothering her newborn and putting the corpse in a garbage can has begun with a prosecutor saying a recent medical exam shows the woman did give birth.
The defense in the case of 24-year-old Angelica May Swartout contends she faked the pregnancy to gain love and attention in her large adoptive family, and she gave the police a false confession.
The prosecution alleges the child was born in October 2010 and says police learned of the death weeks later. A search of a landfill turned up no remains.
The Register-Guard reported (http://bit.ly/z4O1eA ) the trial began Monday and could last up to four weeks.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com