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Mom who drowned baby in tub found insane, spared prison

November 29, 2018

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Jurors have decided a California woman twice convicted of drowning her baby daughter in a bathtub was insane at the time of the killing and will be spared a prison sentence.

Lucero Carrera was first convicted in 2015 and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison — but her conviction was overturned on appeal.

She was convicted again this year, but the jury deadlocked in the sanity phase of the trial.

City News Service reports a new jury on Wednesday reached a verdict that Carrera was not guilty by reason of insanity.

Mental health experts will determine whether she should be sent to a state mental health facility or be treated as an outpatient.

Carrera was living with her mother in Santa Ana when she held her 2-month-old daughter under water.

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