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Woman Pleads Guilty In Death Of Her Baby

Tue., March 5, 1996

A British woman accused of suffocating her newborn daughter and trying to board a plane to London with the body hidden under her coat pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter.

The prosecutor recommended five years’ probation for Caroline Beale provided she is returned to the custody of her parents in London and receives inpatient psychiatric care. She is to be sentenced Thursday.

Beale, 31, admitted that she had given birth in a Manhattan hotel room on Sept. 22, 1994, and had placed the baby in a plastic bag even though she knew it could kill her, said Mary De Bourbon, spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Beale refused to walk through a metal detector at Kennedy International Airport later that day, saying it might hurt an unborn child. When she was stopped and the body was found, she was charged with second-degree murder.

Beale entered an insanity plea and was released on bail last May.

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