Woman Convicted In Newborn's Death Released From House Arrest

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) - A Medina woman convicted of smothering her newborn son when she was just a teen-ager has been released from house arrest.

Audrey Iacona (pictured as high school cheerleader, right) said that she now would just like to lead a normal life.

Iacona originally was sentenced to eight years in prison -- five years longer than the minimum for first-time offenders. An appellate court sent the case back to common pleas court for resentencing.

In December, she was sentenced to 90 days of house arrest, five years probation and community service.

On Wednesday, sheriff's deputies removed the electronic bracelet that she had worn since being sentenced.

Iacona told The Plain Dealer that she wants to lead a normal life, go to college, get married and have kids. Her lawyer said that the 22-year-old volunteers at a literacy program and does office work at a church.

Iacona said that she plans to enroll next fall at the University of Akron or Cuyahoga County Community College.

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