Young Vancouver mother receives 5 year sentence for killing her two babies

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A 28-year-old Vancouver woman has received prison sentences for two counts of infanticide in 2009 and 2010.

Sarah Leung was sentenced in court yesterday to 18 months for killing her first baby and 42 months for the second baby. This will also include 50 days’ credit for time already served.

She gave birth to the male infants in a toilet at her family residence in February 2009 and March 2010. In both cases, she disposed of the bodies in plastic bags in the garbage.

The plastic bag containing the 2009 baby was discovered by Leung’s father in 2009, which led him to call police. He was unaware that his daughter had given birth to the baby, but that was later determined by police through DNA testing. An arrest was made shortly after the infanticide of the 2010 baby, but the body was never found.

Her husband Anson Lin, the father of both babies, was aware of both pregnancies. However, he had no knowledge of the murders; Leung lied to him, claiming she had miscarriages.

Crown prosecutors had asked for a prison sentence of eight years for both counts of infanticide. Her lawyer pleaded for three years.

Leung was originally facing more serious charges of second-degree murder. At the time of her first pregnancy, she was 22 years old.

 

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