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Iowa woman accused of dumping baby in trash pleads guilty

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -

An Iowa woman accused of leaving her newborn for dead in a trash can has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

The Press-Citizen reports that 24-year-old Ashley Hautzenrader pleaded guilty Friday in Johnson County District Court to child endangerment and to neglect or abandonment of a dependent person. In exchange, prosecutors dropped an attempted murder charge.

Authorities have said Hautzenrader gave birth May 8 last year in a bathroom at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Police say Hautzenrader tried to flush the baby down a toilet and then put it in a pillowcase and left it in the trash. The child was soon found alive.

Hautzenrader faces up to 12 years in prison when she's sentenced at a later date.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/

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