Woman Who Left Newborn in Bar's Bathroom Sentenced to 40 Years

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Denver (AP) A woman who gave birth in a bathroom stall at a Denver bar then stuffed her baby boy in a plastic bag and dumped him in the trash received the maximum 40 year sentenced.

Erin Pendleton, 32, pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to child abuse resulting in death.

Pendleton, who was arrested in June 2004 after a janitor found the baby in the trash, received credit for 1,337 days served in Jail.

In sentencing Pendleton Thursday, District Court Judge Anne Mansfield acknowledged Pendleton's history of mental illness and called the case tragic.