SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento jury has convicted a woman of first-degree murder in the death of her newborn baby girl last January.
The infant, named Hayden Elaine, was born full-term and breathing, according to the Sacramento County district attorney. She was found dead in a plastic bag under the bed of mother Courtney Kathleen Addington. An autopsy did not conclude a cause of death.
Addington was also found guilty of assault on a child under 8 years of age and felony child endangerment.
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Per court records, Addington's family and friends thought she might be pregnant but she didn't disclose the pregnancy, even when a relative drove her to the hospital for bleeding after the birth. The D.A.'s office said Addington claimed the bleeding was from Irritable Bowel Syndrome but Mercy General doctors examining her didn't find that. They reported their suspicions to police.
At trial, the county prosecutor presented evidence of Internet searches on Addington's cellphone for "signs that your water is about to break," "what to expect in labor," "how to stop loss of blood" and "Irritable Bowel Syndrome medications."
Sentencing for Addington was set for Nov. 1 in Sacramento Superior Court.