Young Mother Sentence to 55 Years for Death of Newborn

A Colorado woman was sentenced on Friday to 55 years in prison after she pleaded guilty in second degree murder and tampering with a body in the death of her newborn baby girl two years ago.

Amy Carr, now 21, was initially charged with two counts of first degree murder and child abuse causing death when she was arrested, five months after a relative called 911 to report and newborn baby girl “lying partially buried in her yard,” KKTV reported.

Judge Thomas Kelly Kane sentenced Carr to 48 years on the murder count and seven years on the tampering charge, subtracting 687 days for time served. Kane also added five years probation after her release.

Baby Lilly was born while Carr was still 18; she turned 19 on January 25, 2021, two days after the infant was found.

At the hearing on Friday — Carr’s trial date had been twice postponed — defense attorneys cited Carr’s difficult past, noting that she lived in 23 different locations between the ages of 5 and 14 and was subjected to “extreme repeated sexual and physical abuse” during that time.

Prosecutors acknowledged that upbringing.

“It’s true that Miss Carr had a tough upbringing,”  said Andrew Vaughan, chief deputy district attorney for the Fourth Judicial District. “But Lilly didn’t have any upbringing, and that’s because Miss Carr took her life.”

“Lilly came into this world unloved, and Lilly left this world unloved,” Vaughan said. “Her father didn’t love her; her mother didn’t love her.”

Colorado does have a “Safe Haven Law,” which allows parents to leave a newborn at a fire station or hospital within 72 hours of birth without consequences.

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[Featured image: Amy Carr/El Paso County Sheriff’s Office]