|For Immediate Release
Case # TBA
April 22, 2010
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
TEEN MOTHER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR
MURDER OF HER NEWBORN BY STABBING BABY
DAUGHTER MULTIPLE TIMES AND HIDING
HER CORPSE IN A CLOSET
SANTA ANA – A teen mother will be arraigned tomorrow on charges of murdering her newborn immediately after giving birth by stabbing her multiple times and hiding the corpse in her closet. Yoselin Torres Tovar, Fullerton, 18, is charged with one felony count of murder and one felony count of assault on a child with force likely to produce great bodily injury resulting in death. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison. The People will be requesting Tovar be held on $1 million bail at her arraignment tomorrow, Friday, April 23, 2010, at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. The time and Department are to be determined.
Between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on April 18, 2010, Tovar is accused of giving birth to a baby girl in the bathroom of her family’s Fullerton home. The defendant is accused of stabbing the newborn multiple times, wrapping her body, and placing her in Tovar’s bedroom closet. No one in her family knew she was pregnant. When her family saw blood on the defendant, they took her to St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton.
Upon arriving at the hospital, doctors examined Tovar and determined that she had just given birth and alerted police. Shortly after, Tovar is accused of expelling the placenta at the hospital. That same night, Fullerton Police officers found the discarded newborn in the defendant’s bedroom closet.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.