Mom Sentenced To 6+ Years For Drowning Baby Girl

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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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