Federal prosecutors indicted a District woman Tuesday in the 2013 strangling, drowning and dismembering of her newborn son.
If convicted, Lillian Alvarado, 24, faces life in prison without parole in the multiple counts, including first-degree murder and cruelty to children, in the Nov. 28, 2013, death of the infant.
According to prosecutors, on Thanksgiving Day, Alvarado gave birth in the bathtub of her family’s apartment in the 6000 block of 14th Street NW. Alvarado never told her family she was pregnant.
Prosecutors said the baby was born alive, but that Alvarado strangled the infant, tried to drown him and then tried to flush him down the toilet by partially dismembering him.
The baby’s death was discovered when bloody water leaked down the walls of the apartment below Alvarado’s. When police arrived, they found the infant’s body in the bathtub.
Alvarado is expected to be arraigned on the charges Friday in D.C. Superior Court.
During court hearings over the past three years, attorneys from the District’s Public Defender Service have argued that Alvarado is not mentally competent to be tried and should instead remain at St. Elizabeths, the District’s psychiatric hospital in Southeast Washington.
But after evaluations and examinations, psychiatrists eventually found Alvarado competent and she was ordered to stand trial.