Queens Mom Sentenced 10 Years for Newborn Death

Dawa Lama, 24, was convicted of discarding her newborn in a hospital trash can last May

Wednesday, May 16, 2012  |  Updated 1:53 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Queens Mom Sentenced 10 Years for Newborn Death

Getty Images

A 24-year-old Queens woman accused of discarding her newborn baby in a hospital trash can has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The Queens District Attorney's Office said Dawa Lama was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Police say the Queens woman was arrested in May of last year after her daughter was discovered in critical condition in the trash can of a bathroom at Elmhurst Hospital Center. She died a week later.

Her defense attorney had said his client is remorseful and wished she could have done things differently.

A state law called the Abandoned Infant Protection Act gives parents up to 30 days to leave a newborn in a hospital, police precinct, firehouse or other safe location. If the baby is not injured and the parent is not suspected of a crime and promptly notifies the authorities, he or she can leave the baby anonymously and without fear of prosecution.

Get the latest from NBC 4 New York anytime, anywhere. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Get our apps here and sign up for email newsletters here. Get breaking news delivered right to your phone -- just text NYBREAKING to 639710. For more info, text HELP. To end, text STOP. Message and data rates may apply.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
21st Century Solutions
The NBCUniversal Foundation is partnering... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out