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Woman Gets Almost Four Years in Prison in Newborn’s Death

December 5, 1996

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ A 19-year-old woman who pleaded no contest to smothering her baby moments after giving birth alone in her bedroom got three years and 10 months in prison.

Kay Marie Dunlap had become frightened when the boy started to cry and put her hand over his mouth until he died, prosecutors said.

She kept the body in her bedroom for two days before burying it in a hand-dug grave near a cemetery in her hometown of Turon, in south-central Kansas.

Ms. Dunlap, who pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter last month, was sentenced Wednesday at the Reno County District Court.

Judge Steven Becker said he took into account that Ms. Dunlap was repeatedly sexually abused by her stepfather, starting when she was 14.

Ms. Dunlap said she hid the pregnancy from her parents _ and the young man who fathered the child _ out of fear of being kicked out of the home. Her parents were out of town July 24 when she gave birth.

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