Horrific reason why grandmother murdered her newborn grandson

Associated Press
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A woman has been convicted of killing her newborn grandson because she feared her family would be shamed over the fact that her 15-year-old daughter had given birth, according to news reports.

A Kern County jury found Beant Kaur Dhillon, 45, guilty of first degree murder, KGET-TV reported.

Investigators said Dhillon drowned the baby, and then she and a nephew buried the body in the backyard of her Southern California home in 2018.

Beant Kaur Dhillon's house in Bakersfield, California.
Beant Kaur Dhillon's house in Bakersfield, California. Source: ABC23

Dhillon’s teenage daughter informed detectives that she was told the baby was taken somewhere to be adopted. Later the girl found out the baby was dead and told a social worker at school, who contacted police, according to KBAK-TV.

She killed the child to hide that her daughter had been pregnant out of fear over what the Sikh community would think, said prosecutor John Allen.

Allen said it was a “correct, just” verdict.

Police found the infant's body in Dhillon's backyard
Police found the infant's body in Dhillon's backyard. Source: ABC23

Defense attorney David Torres said he was disappointed with the verdict.

Dhillon faces 25 years to life in prison when she’s sentenced on January 21.

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