Phoenix woman sentenced in suffocation of newborn

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Nina Koistinen By Jennifer Thomas Nina Koistinen By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- 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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