Mother who abandoned newborn girl gets state prison term
A mother who abandoned her newborn daughter in a vacant building in New Jersey’s capital city last year is now headed to prison.
Yardis Perez-Perez pleaded guilty last December to manslaughter and child endangerment charges. She was sentenced Friday to concurrent five-year state prison terms with no chance for early release.
Perez-Perez gave birth to a nameless child and left the baby girl for dead following a night of debauchery that involved drugs and wild sex on South Broad Street.
Mercer County prosecutors say the 27-year-old Trenton resident’s child was only a day or two old when she was found April 23 in a vacant building. They say Perez-Perez gave birth to the child and abandoned her a short time later, providing little or no care for the infant.
The newborn’s cause of death was ruled the result of “neonatal abandonment following unattended birth” with a contributing cause of death listed as “maternal use of heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.