Jacksonville girl could receive adult sentence if convicted of attempted murder

JACKSONVILLE - Authorities say a 17-year-old Jacksonville girl who allegedly left her newborn baby in a trash bin could face an adult sentence if she's convicted of attempted murder.

On Thursday, a motion granted in Morgan County court would have the girl receive both juvenile and adult sentences if convicted.  According to assistant state's attorney Chad Turner, an adult sentence would be enforced if she no longer meets the requirements of a juvenile sentence.  Turner adds that under the motion, the girl has a right to trial by jury.

The maximum sentence for juveniles who are convicted of attempted murder is incarceration until the age of 21.  However, adults who are convicted can receive a prison sentence ranging from six to 30 years.

Authorities say the newborn boy was found in a dumpster behind a Jacksonville business in August.  The child is now in foster care.
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