Thursday, August 03, 2000

Court to hear appeal in baby's slaying

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court said Wednesday that it will hear the case of a northeast Ohio woman convicted of smothering her newborn son in 1997.

        Audrey Iacona, 20, has been jailed since March 20, when the 9th Ohio District Court of Appeals upheld her conviction on charges of involuntary man slaughter, child endangering and abuse of a corpse.

        Medina County Common Pleas Judge James Kimbler sentenced Ms. Iacona to eight years in prison, five years more than the minimum for a first-time offender.

        Ms. Iacona's son was found dead in March 1997 inside two plastic bags and hidden in the basement of her parents' home in Medina County. Ms. Iacona, who was then 17, was charged with murder and tried as an adult.

        Her attorneys have argued that an infection killed the premature baby shortly after birth.

        The appeals court also ordered Judge Kimbler to resentence Ms. Iacona because he did not provide an adequate explanation for sentencing her to eight years.


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