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Updated Mar 3, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Arizona woman sentenced in suffocation of newborn

PHOENIX — A 37-year-old woman has been sentenced to four years of
probation and given a deferred 12-month jail term in the suffocation death of
her newborn daughter.

Nina Koistinen pleaded guilty in January to negligent homicide and domestic
violence after originally being charged with second-degree murder.

Koistinen was sentenced Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

She was arrested in April 2013 after an autopsy found signs of suffocation in
the April 8 death of the 6-day-old 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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