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Mother sentenced to life for fatally stabbing baby

The Associated Press and The Oklahoman - June 4, 2019 11:58 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – An Oklahoma City woman has been sentenced to life in prison after a jury convicted her of fatally stabbing her infant son.

The Oklahoman reports that the jury found 24-year-old Raven Veloz guilty Thursday of first-degree murder and two counts of assault and battery with a lethal weapon after a two-week trial. The jury rejected Veloz’s insanity defense.

Prosecutors say Veloz stabbed and killed 8-month-old Ezekiel Veloz and injured her daughter and boyfriend in July 2016. The defendant was taken to county jail after being treated for apparently self-inflicted stab injuries.

The jury recommended life sentences on each count.

Judge Natalie Mai will decide whether the life sentences will run consecutively or concurrently during an Aug. 21 hearing.

 

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