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N.J. Girl Won’t Face Death Penalty

April 3, 1998

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) _ A teen-ager accused of killing her newborn son won’t face the death penalty after prosecutors Thursday reduced the charge against her to second-degree murder.

Amy Grossberg, 19, of Wyckoff, N.J., is accused of ordering her boyfriend to throw their baby in the trash after she gave birth in a Newark motel in November 1996.

Prosecutors gave no explanation for reducing the charge from first-degree murder. The new charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

Ms. Grossberg’s ex-boyfriend Brian Peterson, 19, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the infant’s death. He could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

Ms. Grossberg has maintained she believed the child was stillborn. Her trial is scheduled for next month.

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