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Abilene mother found guilty of Capital Murder

ABILENE, TX (KTAB/KRBC) -  An Abilene mother accused of killing her newborn just moments after birth in January of 2016 has been found guilty of Capital Murder and Tampering with Evidence. 

After nearly 5 hours of deliberation, a jury of 12 handed the guilty verdict down to Amber Craker Thursday afternoon. She was originally charged with Capital Murder, Injury to a Child, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. 

Craker will receive a life sentence for Capital Murder plus an additional sentence for the Tampering with Evidence charge. 

Craker's trial began Monday and testimony lasted through Wednesday morning, with witnesses such a forensic experts, police detectives, and Abilene ISD faculty giving testimony on what likely happened the day Baby Ashley Craker was killed. 

The trial revealed Baby Ashley's throat was slit and she was stabbed at least 3 times, wounds Craker claimed were inflicted when her hand slipped while trying to cut the umbilical cord. 

Craker also claimed she was alone during the birth and used a washcloth to mute her screams, though her boyfriend and co-defendant Damian Cate, said he was present and even held the baby for at least 20 minutes after she was born. 

Baby Ashley's body was eventually found in a trashcan hours after Craker's parents rushed her to the hospital to receive surgery due to the large amount of bleeding she experienced following the birth. 

Cate is set to stand trial beginning on October 9, 2017. He's facing the same charges as Craker - Capital Murder, Injury to a Child, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.  

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