Pesqueira to receive sentencing this afternoon

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Tucson woman accused of killing her baby will be in court today for her sentencing.

Denise Pesqueira will be sentenced today at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, at Superior Court downtown.

Pesqueira was tried twice for the murder of her baby, but mistrials were declared both times when the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision.  She has since pleaded guilty to negligent homicide for which she will receive sentencing on today.

Police arrested Pesqueira in March of 2010, after investigators say she told a friend that she had given birth and put the baby in the trash.   Police believe the baby was born in August 2009, but the infant's body was never found.

With the charges Pesqueira faces, which includes child abuse, she could serve up to 12 years in prison.

Tucson News Now will be there for the sentencing this afternoon.  Stay tuned both on air and online for updates when the decision comes in.

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