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Woman Charged with Drowning Her Toddler Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter

By Stephanie Vatz, Online Manager
Published On: Dec 17 2012 03:40:31 PM CST
WEAVERVILLE, Calif. -

The woman charged with drowning her two-year-old daughter was found guilty in court on Monday of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of child abuse and a related enhancement.

Claudia Pedreros was charged with murder and child cruelty in connection with the death of her daughter, Sophia, last year.

Investigators said that Pedreros was found walking naked along Highway 3 on May 20, 2011.

In court in mid-November, Deputy District Attorney Adam Grace told jurors that Pedreros didn't want her daughter and was unhappy with her life.

He said while her husband was out of town on business, Pedreros loaded up her car with Sophia, their dog and a bunch of belongings.

He said she made random stops, ditching things like her ID and phone, eventually making her way to the Trinity River. That's when he said she forced her daughter under the water.

Pedreros' attorney, Russ Clanton, argued Pedreros has a history of mental illness, dating back to when she was 15 years old.

He said she was disoriented and delusional, even denying the fact that she had a child when she was first questioned.

Peter Jackson, the FBI Agent who interviewed Pedreros, took the stand.

He said she admitted to killing Sophia. He said she did give a variety of stories and often contradicted herself, but that ultimately said she drowned her daughter while reciting the Lord's Prayer.

Her attorney argued that she was interviewed while in a vulnerable state.

The sanity phase of Pedreros' trial began on Monday morning.