October 20, 2014
AUBURN, Calif. (AP) - A new mother who drowned her infant daughter has been sentenced to more than 6 years in prison, with at least 6 months to be spent in a psychiatric facility.
Two separate medical evaluations found 27-year-old Kristina Fuelling was suffering from severe postpartum psychosis and was legally insane when she drowned her 8-day-old daughter, Faith, in January 2008.
Fuelling, of Granite Bay, was sentenced Friday in Placer County Superior Court to 5 years in prison for attempted murder and more
than 1 year for child endangerment, as part of a plea agreement.
Her attorney, Tom Johnson, said Fuelling will spend at least six months in a psychiatric facility, then be reevaluated. Then, she would either serve the rest of her sentence in state prison or be held indefinitely in the psychiatric facility.
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