Winnemucca woman sentenced for killing baby

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WINNEMUCCA, NV (KOLO) - A 27-year-old Humboldt County woman has been sentenced for killing her baby.

Patience Frazier was sentenced May 7, 2019 in Humboldt District Court to between two and a half and eight years in the Nevada State Prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter, a Category B felony.

She was arrested in May 2018 on charges of Taking Drugs to Terminate Pregnancy (Manslaughter) and Concealing Birth. As part of her plea, she was sentenced on the manslaughter charge only.

Deputies had received information regarding a dead infant possibly buried in the Winnemucca area. As part of the investigation, a search warrant was obtained for Frazier's home. The baby's remains were found in a shallow grave on the property where Frazier lives.

The remains were taken to the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and forensic examination, which indicated the infant had developed between 28 and 32 weeks in the gestation period.

According to a news release, "In Humboldt County there are many legal options for mothers experiencing distress or hardships during pregnancy. If mothers are in need of assistance, please reach out to community resources through the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services at (775) 684-4400."

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