Nalani Cuellar (photo FB)

Woman Who was Accused of Killing Her Newborn Sentenced and Released

HESPERIA-(  A Hesperia woman who was accused of killing her newborn baby last year is now a free woman. Nalani Cuellar, 20 was released from prison on Wednesday, May 18th after a plea bargain at a pre-preliminary hearing.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, February 17, 2015, a deceased baby was taken to Desert Valley Hospital.

Nalani Cuellar (Credit: Facebook Image)
Nalani Cuellar
(Credit: Facebook Image)

Upon arrival, the hospital staff determined that the baby boy was likely born hours prior to arrival. Detectives were called to the hospital due to the suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Through investigation, the detectives were able to determine that the child was born the same morning at a home on the 16700 block of Elm Street in Hesperia. Cuellar was taken into custody the following morning and booked into the West Valley Detention Center for the death of her newborn son.

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, over a year following the death of her son, Cuellar pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in bodily harm or death.  The plea deal dismissed the one count of assault on a child causing death and one count of murder Cuellar was previously facing.

Cuellar was sentenced to 910 days in county jail and released as a result of 455 days of time served, which includes ½ time for conduct credit.

Victor Valley News reached out to the District Attorney’s Office Spokesman on Thursday, May 26th, but we have yet to receive information relating to the plea deal.

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