Deal brings Medford mom of newborn probation but no jail

The mother of a newborn baby found dead inside a garbage bin at a south Medford hotel in August has been sentenced to two years' probation and 80 days of community service under a plea bargain reached today.

Denise L. Flanary, 19, of Medford, stood before Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Tim Barnack today and changed her plea from not guilty to guilty of felony abuse of a corpse. The state dropped a second charge of concealing the birth of an infant.

Flanary told investigators that her infant girl was born dead with an umbilical cord wrapped around her neck at Flanary's home, where Flanary lives with her mother, said Prosecutor David Hoppe. She attempted to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the baby, but the baby was already dead, Hoppe said.

Autopsy results were consistent with Flanary's story, he said. The baby had air in her lungs, marks on her neck where the umbilical cord was likely wound and bruises on her chest, the autopsy showed.

Flanary also passed a polygraph test of her account, Hoppe said.

"We felt this was just resolution," Hoppe said.

If Flanary keeps the terms of her probation, the felony charge will be downgraded to a misdemeanor on her record, Barnack said.

— Paris Achen

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