Lillian Alvarado, 24, of Washington, D.C., faces life in prison without parole for killing her newborn son on Thanksgiving Day 2013. A grand jury has indicted Alvarado on multiple felony charges, including first-degree murder and cruelty to children.
It’s alleged that Alvarado, who had kept her pregnancy secret, gave birth in her bathtub, and then attempted to drown the newborn boy before finally strangling him to death. Afterward, she’s believed to have attempted to flush the dead infant down a toilet, dismembering his body in the process.
Blood and water leaked through the floor into the apartment below Alvarado, thereby prompting those neighbors to alert the authorities. First responders reported they found most of the newborn’s body in the tub, while his legs were in the toilet.
Alvarado told investigators she cut the umbilical cord with scissors and was planning to go to a hospital when she slipped and hit her head on a sink, after which “everything went dark.”
Public defenders have been arguing for the past three years that Alvarado is not mentally competent to stand trial. After multiple medical evaluations and examinations, however, the court has deemed her fit.
Alvarado is expected in court on Friday, where she will be arraigned and likely enter a plea. No trial date has been set.
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