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MOM WHO THREW OUT BABY GETS 14-YEAR PRISON TERM

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The unwed Pocatello woman accused of throwing out her newborn daughter in a garbage bag last June has been sentenced to an indefinite prison term of 14 years after pleading guilty to child abandonment charges.

But in imposing the sentence on Susan Michelle McFarland on Tuesday, 6th District Judge William Woodland said he would retain jurisdiction in the case for six month after being told McFarland was pregnant again. The baby is expected to be born next June."What you do now and within the next six months will determine whether I will consider probation," the judge told her. He warned her not to interfere in any way with her current pregnancy.

McFarland, 24, pleaded guilty to the charge in exchange for the prosecution dropping an additional charge of causing injury to a child.

Her first-born infant was found in an alley in a garbage bag filled with used cat litter on June 10. Officials said McFarland gave birth to the infant at her parents' east-side Pocatello home and disposed of the child. A neighbor who heard the baby's cries notified authorities.

Temporary custody of the child has been granted to the Department of Health and Welfare, which placed her in a foster home.