Mom Sentenced for Strangling, Throwing Tot Out of Third-Story Window

Zewoinesh Badasso showed no emotion when she was sentenced

By R. Stickney
|  Friday, Apr 11, 2014  |  Updated 12:12 PM PDT
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Zewoinesh Badasso talks with her attorney after the sentencing on April 11

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Trial Starts for Mother Accused of Strangling Baby

Trial is underway for a mother accused of strangling and throwing her seven-month-old baby out of a third story window, Zewoinesh Badasso is charged with killing her son, David. NBC 7's Liberty Zabala reports.
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A San Diego mother who strangled her infant son and then threw him out of a third-story window will spend decades behind bars, a judge ruled Friday.

Zewoinesh Badasso showed no emotion when she was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

A stranger found 7-month-old David on the ground below the windows of the Park View Apartments complex in North Park on Sept. 7. 2012.

When she was interviewed by San Diego police homicide investigators, Badasso claimed she was opening a third-story window while holding the baby.

However, the medical examiner determined that David had been strangled. Officials had found ligature marks on the boy's neck and other injuries that showed he had been beaten.

When Badasso was told of the child's death, she appeared to be shocked and saddened according to her defense attorney.

She pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

After jurors returned a guilty verdict on first-degree murder charges and child abuse in February, the sanity phase of the trial began soon after.

Her attorney argued Badasso suffered from "post-partum psychosis" but jurors found Badasso was sane at the time of the killing.

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