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Britain and US clash over infanticide

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 16 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:656

Caroline Beale, the British woman who pleaded guilty in a New York court last week to killing her baby, returned to London last Friday to begin psychiatric treatment. Ms Beale, who spent eight months in New York's Ryker's Island prison and a further year on remand, faced a possible 25 year sentence. But she was freed as a result of a plea bargain in which she pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to the eight months already served and five years' …

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