UPDATE: Wausau Woman Gets Probation for Discarding Newborn

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email
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A 33-year-old Wausau woman convicted of concealing the death of a child will spend three years on probation.

Marathon County Assistant District Attorney Amanda Jadin said prosecutors could not prove the child was alive at the time of its birth.

Investigators say Zoua Yang said she did not know she was pregnant when she gave birth on October 10, 2013. A witness said Yang gave birth in a bathroom. The infant did not move or cry, according to court documents.

On October 17, dispatch received a call reporting the incident. A search was conducted at the Marathon County Landfill in Hatley to find the infant, but was called off because a forensic pathologist determined the child's body would be too badly decomposed to conduct an autopsy and locating the infant would be nearly impossible.

A witness said Yang put the baby in a plastic bag and threw it away. A family member attempted to retrieve the baby from the dumpster, but the trash had already been taken out.

Investigators say they believe the infant was born at seven months gestation. They say Yang made no effort to seek medical help for the baby. Yang said she did not got to the doctor because she did not have health insurance.

Tuesday's hearing was a plea agreement for two separate cases Yang had pending. Yang did receive jail time in a separate case involving her two young children, which she does not have custody of. In that case, she was sentenced to seven months in jail for two counts of neglecting a child.


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