ELK POINT, S.D. – A woman who put her newborn in trash that ended up in a Nebraska landfill was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum of 10 years in prison.
Lori Schultz, 21, wept in court and said she could have prevented her son's death.
"The pain inside of me will be inside of me for the rest of my life," she said. "I know my baby is supposed to be 2 years old but he's not because I made a terrible mistake."
Schultz pleaded guilty Jan. 4 to second-degree manslaughter. She will have to serve at least four years before being eligible for parole.
After her son's birth Feb. 2, 2004, she said she wrapped him in towels and a garbage bag and put him in a trash can because she was afraid of how Paul Alan Lundberg, her boyfriend and the boy's father, would react.
A volunteer searcher found the body April 5, 2004, at a Jackson, Neb., landfill.
Judge Steven Jensen said he had to impose the maximum sentence because of the severity of the crime.
"You saw and heard a whimper from the child," he told Schultz. "And in spite of those signs of life you wrapped the child up and put the child in the trash can."
Lundberg was indicted earlier this month on four counts of accessory to a felony. Details about the charges have not yet been released.