Springfield baby-killing trial going to jury



EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The trial of a Springfield woman accused of smothering her newborn child is expected to go to the jury Thursday after closing arguments from her defense lawyer.

The prosecution wrapped up its case Wednesday. The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/P3xH46 ) a Lane County deputy district attorney urged jurors to value the baby’s life.

Angelica Swartout is charged with aggravated murder and faces at least 30 years in prison if convicted.

No remains were found. Swartout recanted a confession and says she made up a story about being pregnant to get attention from her family.

This is her second trial in Eugene. The first trial ended in February with a hung jury.


Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com