Yoder woman pleads guilty to killing newborn, burying in shallow grave

A Yoder woman pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 55 years in prison for killing her newborn baby girl and burying the child on her family’s property.

Amy Grace Carr gave birth in early 2021 and according to investigators, she strangled the newborn shortly after birth. According to the arrest affidavit, Carr’s parents found the child buried face up a few days later and called 911. Investigators say the parents had no idea their daughter was sexually active or pregnant.

Rather than go to trial on a first-degree murder charge, Carr pleaded guilty to two felonies: second-degree murder and tampering with a deceased human body.

The agreement with the 21-year-old stipulates she will serve 48 years in prison for the murder charge and seven years in prison for the tampering charge. The sentences are to run consecutively and will be followed by a mandatory five-year parole term after her release, even if she is released early. If the case had gone to trial, Carr faced a maximum life sentence.

She had previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity following an evaluation by her defense counsel. During the plea hearing, the judge asked Carr if she was clear-headed at the time or if she had taken any medication related to mental health treatment. Carr stated that she is clear-headed and medications are not having an impact on her plea agreement.

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