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Port Angeles teen ordered to pay for baby's burial

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PORT ANGELES -- A woman who pleaded guilty to manslaughter for her baby’s death has been ordered to pay $7,400 for funeral and burial expenses.
Clallam County Superior Court Judge Ken Williams ruled last week that Lauryn Last, 19, must reimburse the state Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund, which paid for the services, including a $3,500 headstone. She was ordered to make monthly payments on a schedule that would last past her 30th birthday, the Peninsula Daily News reported Tuesday.
Defense lawyer John Hayden argued unsuccessfully that the restitution was unfair because she had been impregnated at 15 by a man now serving time for the assault. Hayden called it “piling on” a woman who had gone through “an unspeakably difficult phase of her life.”
Last was accused of drowning the boy in 2008 after giving birth on a toilet. The body was put in the trash and found at a Tacoma landfill. The newborn was buried in Port Angeles.
“Basically, the taxpayers paid the burial and funeral expenses,” Clallam County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John Troberg said Monday. “I think it was an absolutely correct decision.”
Williams said in his ruling that the law required him to order restitution.
Last pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in January in juvenile court under an Alford plea, under which a defendant does not admit guilt but concedes that there is enough evidence for a conviction. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail, which she had already served after her arrest.
Her public defender said Last didn’t even know she was in labor and went into shock after giving birth.
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