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Danbury woman who admitted to drowning newborn seeks prison release

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Panna Krom

DANBURY — A Danbury woman who admitted to drowning her newborn baby in a toilet in 2006 is seeking an early release from prison.

Panna Krom was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2008 after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter.

Authorities said Krom was 17 when she delivered the baby in a bathroom at home, then drowned the girl in a toilet and hid the body in her bedroom closet.

The News-Times reports 26-year-old Krom filed a clemency petition with the state Board of Pardons and Paroles this month asking that the second half of her sentence be replaced with five years of probation.

The petition argues her sentence is excessive and that she’d be an asset to society. It’s unclear when a decision will be made on the appeal.

Connecticut law allows for newborns up to 30 days old to be surrendered to a hospital with minimal questions.

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