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Woman sentenced in newborn death case

Anitra Hicks appears in court Friday. Anitra Hicks appears in court Friday.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A woman charged with concealing the death of her newborn has her charges reduced in court Friday.

Anitra Hicks is accused of the death of her newborn child and putting the baby in a dumpster two years ago. 

Hicks is sentenced to 20 years in prison with 15 to serve on a voluntary manslaughter count and an additional 10 years consecutive on probation for the second count, for a total term of 30 years in prison with 15 to serve.

Hicks withdrew her guilty plea on voluntary manslaughter in December. She had an open ended plea and the judge would have decided her sentence, which could have included the possibility of up to 30 years in jail.

The case might never have come to court it weren't for Curbie Sanitation Worker Daniel Dahlquist.

Dahlquist said his garbage trunk was malfunctioning the morning of Dec. 6, 2011, when he picked up the trash from the Hicks' home. 

The baby was wrapped in two bags, which broke open, Dahlquist said. When he went around back to check the truck, the baby slipped out.

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