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Mom acquitted in baby's death at Bellarmine

LOUISVILLE — A jury has acquitted a former college student-athlete in the death of her newborn.

The Courier-Journal reported that a Jefferson County jury acquitted 20-year-old Kathryn "Katie" McCoy of Plainfield, Ind., on a murder charge but convicted her of tampering with physical evidence.

She was sentenced to two years in prison and taken directly into custody to begin serving her time. She is also eligible for shock probation.

McCoy, a member of the school's golf team, was charged with murder after giving birth Oct. 24, 2007, in the bathroom of her dorm room at Bellarmine University in Louisville.

Prosecutors contended that McCoy let her baby die, then tried to hide the body.

Two medical experts for the defense said that the baby, later named Adelaide, was alive at birth but most likely asphyxiated soon after because of a problem during birth.