Upstate woman to be sentenced in newborn's death over 30 years ago

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The mother of the newborn girl who came to be known as "Julie Valentine" will be sentenced on charges stemming from the discovery of the infant's remains nearly three decades ago. She was buried in a cardboard box a few yards from Verdae Boulevard in Greenville.

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The child's birth-mother mother, Brook Graham, will be sentenced on a so-called Alford Plea; meaning that while maintaining her innocence she admits the probability she would be convicted if tried for murder. Instead Greenville County prosecutors accepted Graham's plea of guilty to charges of unlawful neglect of a child and desecration of human remains.

The murder charge had been lodged against her when DNA linked her to the baby's remains three years ago. But medical examiners say they determine with certainty that the baby was not stillborn, as Graham has always contended. Solicitor Walt Wilkins says a presentencing investigation will be carried out before she returns to court. The name "Julie Valentine" came from the way investigators had labeled the casefile. Her remains were found on February 14th, 1990.