25 years to life for Orange County mother who drowned baby

Mar 28, 2015 12:28 PM by News Staff

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County woman has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for drowning her 2-month-old daughter in a bathtub.

A judge handed down the maximum sentence to 30-year-old Lucero Carrera of Santa Ana on Friday.

Jurors had convicted Carrera of first-degree murder in January and in February they found her sane, making her eligible for the prison sentence instead of commitment to a mental hospital.

Lucero, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, drowned 2-month-old Kimberly Gutierrez at a Santa Ana trailer park in June of 2012. Her attorney says she also tried to kill herself with a pill overdose.

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