Mum jailed for going shopping with body of baby she killed in her handbag

Mum jailed for going shopping with body of baby she killed in her handbag
Tiona Rodriguez killed her baby and then went shopping taking the body with her in a bag (Picture: Facebook)

A teenage mum who killed her newborn baby and then stuffed the body in her handbag as she went shopping has been jailed for 16 years.

New Yorker Tiona Rodriguez was 17 when she smothered the baby after giving birth in a friend’s bathroom.

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She then went to the world’s biggest Victoria’s Secret store in Manhattan with the baby in her handbag – and police found the body when she was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting.

If the case had gone to trial Rodriguez, now 21, would have faced life imprisonment but she pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter under extreme emotional disturbance.

The New York Post reported prosecutor Chloe Kendall told Manhattan Supreme Court: ‘We hope this brings justice to the baby boy who never got to live his life.’

A New York City police officer stands in front of the Victoria's Secret Herald Square store in midtown Manhattan, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in New York. A security guard on the lookout for shoplifters searched two teenage girls as they left the lingerie shop Thursday afternoon, and discovered one of them was carrying what appeared to be a fetus in her bag, police said. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
A police officer stands outside Victoria’s Secret after the baby’s body had been found (Picture: AP)
(Picture: CBS) The suspected teenage shoplifter found with a dead fetus in a plastic bag while allegedly stealing lingerie at Victoria's Secret has been named. The 17-year-old, who has a two-year-old son, was taken to hospital after a security guard discovered the fetus of a boy when he searched her bags in Manhattan at about 1.30pm today. The teenager, named as Tiona Rodriguez, told police she had a miscarriage the day before and had put the remains in her bag because she didn't know what to do. Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Police removing the handbag from the Victoria’s Secret store (Picture: CBS)

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Thomas Farber said: ‘This is a horribly sad and tragic case.’

The dead baby was the defendant’s third child, her first, born when she was 14, is now living with the father, and the second was not born.

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Mitigating, her attorney, Julie Rendelmen, said: ‘People look at her and think she’s so evil, but there is so much more to this young woman than these incredibly horrible moments in her life.

‘She was feeling incredible pressure and incredible feelings of inadequacy.’

Rodriguez had also been accused of shoplifting but the charge was later dropped.

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