Court imposes lesser conviction for woman in newborn’s death

EDMONTON — The Alberta Court of Appeal has set aside a woman’s second-degree murder conviction in her newborn’s death and replaced it with infanticide.

EDMONTON — The Alberta Court of Appeal has set aside a woman’s second-degree murder conviction in her newborn’s death and replaced it with infanticide.

The high court said in its ruling that the verdict was unreasonable.

Katrina Effert of Wetaskiwin, admitted that she killed her baby boy in 2005 when she was 19 after she secretly gave birth in the basement of her home.

She said she threw the baby’s body into a neighbour’s yard.

She was convicted of second-degree murder in June 2009 and sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 10 years.

Infanticide carries a maximum five-year prison term.

A date for sentencing has not been set.