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Woman pleads guilty to abandoning baby in dumpster

Shonnie Smalley/ Source: Dallam - Hartley County Jail Shonnie Smalley/ Source: Dallam - Hartley County Jail
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DALHART, TX (KFDA) -

Shonnie Smalley has pleaded guilty to leaving her newborn in a dumpster.

In July 2014, the Dalhart Police Department found the baby and estimated 'Baby Brooks' had been in the garbage bin for approximately 4-5 hours before being rescued.

Smalley originally faced charges of 1st degree injury to a child causing serious bodily harm, done knowingly.

On Oct. 3, she pleaded guilty to injury of a child causing serious harm by reckless conduct. 

Despite the similar language between the two offenses, Smalley's sentence will be much different.

Under the initial charges Smalley could have faced 5 years to life in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Now her sentence will range from 2 to 20 years with the option of parole and a fine of $10,000.

By pleading guilty, Smalley opted out of a jury trial and will face a sentencing hearing that is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Moore County Courthouse. 

The judge has ordered a pre-sentence investigation report which provides additional background information on the defendant.

Baby Brooks did recover and has since been placed with Texas Child Protective Services.

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