Santa Ana Mother Was Sane When She Drowned 2-Month-Old Daughter: Jury

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Lucero Carrera is seen in a booking photo provided by the Santa Ana Police Department.

A Santa Ana mother was sane when she drowned her 2-month-old daughter in a bathtub, a jury concluded Monday.

Just weeks after convicting Lucero Carrera, 30, of murder and causing such great harm that her daughter died, the jury came back Monday and confirmed Carrera’s sanity — a finding required because Carrera had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

In June 2012, Carrera was living with her mother and her baby, Elizabeth Guttierez, in a trailer in Santa Ana.

When Carrera’s mother was out shopping, Carrera swallowed “a large quantity” of pills to try to kill herself and then drowned her daughter, Orange County prosecutors said.

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