Iowan to plead guilty to baby's death in Florida

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- Florida prosecutors say an Iowa woman charged with killing her newborn at a hotel will plead guilty to a lesser charge.

Nineteen-year-old Ashley Truitt, of Solon, Iowa, is accused of killing her daughter while vacationing with her family in Pompano Beach. Police say she threw her daughter down a trash chute after giving birth in a bathroom June 2.

Truitt was originally charged with first-degree murder. Her trial was scheduled for Dec. 8.

Florida prosecutor Gregg Rossman says Truitt will plead guilty to a lesser homicide charge on Dec. 18. Rossman wouldn't specify which charge.

A judge will then decide her sentence.

Truitt has been held at a Broward County jail since her arrest.


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