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Updated May 13, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Phoenix mom pleads not guilty to smothering baby

PHOENIX — A 36-year-old Phoenix woman has pleaded not guilty to a
first-degree murder charge accusing her of fatally smothering her newborn
daughter.

Nina Koistinen was arraigned Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

She was arrested in late April after an autopsy found signs of suffocation in
the April 8 death of the infant, who was named Maya.

Authorities initially were called to a home on a report of a baby who had
stopped breathing.

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