A South Dakota woman was convicted of manslaughter Friday in the death of her newborn son whose body was discovered in a ditch 40 years ago.
Theresa Bentaas of Sioux Falls entered an Alford plea to first-degree manslaughter in an agreement with prosecutors in which they dropped two murder charges, the Argus Leader reported.
The Alford plea allows Bentaas to maintain her innocence while also authorizing the court to enter a guilty plea.
Bentaas previously had pleaded not guilty to the three charges.
The newborn known as “Baby Andrew” was found wrapped in a blanket in a cornfield ditch in Sioux Falls in 1981.
An autopsy determined he died