The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence of a Terrell County woman who killed her newborn baby then disposed of the body.
Samantha Jessie admitted to GBI agents she had given birth to a baby boy on December 17, 2008 at her grandmother's Dawson home. She wrapped the baby in a blanket and hid it behind a bookcase before burning the baby's body in a fireplace.
Jessie's attorney argued there was insufficient evidence to prove her client intended to murder her baby and the life sentence she received was cruel and unusual.
The high court disagreed and upheld the 2010 conviction and sentence.
According to the Department of Corrections, Jessie, who was 21 at the time of the crime, is serving life sentence at Pulaski State Prison.