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.