Tatum takes plea agreement

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Former UA student pleads guilty to reduced charges in the attempted death of her newborn child. By Jason Ground Former UA student pleads guilty to reduced charges in the attempted death of her newborn child. By Jason Ground

The former University of Arizona student who gave birth in her college residence hall and then, according to police, attempted to kill the newborn child, has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Sarah Tatum accepted the plea agreement Tuesday as jury selection was underway in her attempted murder trial.

In the agreement, Tatum pleads guilty to one count of aggravated assault and one count of child abuse.  On the first count, she will face a minimum of seven years in prison and possibly as many as 15 years.  On the second count, she could face as many as 12.5 years in prison.  In the agreement, she would serve any time from the second count after she completes the time from the first count.  She is also eligible for probation on the second count.

Tatum's child was found in a plastic bag at the foot of her bed "gasping for air", according to court records.

The university has banned Tatum from campus.