Guilty verdict in mummified baby case

REDDING, Calif. - A Shasta County jury found Jessica Bradford guilty of first-degree murder Friday in the death of her baby girl.

The jury returned a verdict of guilty  after deliberating for a day and a half. The jury returned yesterday and told the judge they were deadlocked on the issue. The judge ordered the jury to continue deliberations leading to the unanimous verdict today.

Jessica Bradford was accused of giving birth to a baby girl then hiding the body until it was found 48 days later, mummified, in a laundry basket.

The story made national headlines when it was brought to light in November 2011.

Bradford, who was 23-years-old at the time was an employee at the Julian Youth Academy in Whitmore. Julian Youth Academy was a private, Christian school for troubled teens.

Sentencing will be conducted July 25.

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