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Mother admits that she smothered baby girl Associated Press MEMPHIS A young Memphis mother admitted admitted Friday that she smothered her 9-month-old 9-month-old 9-month-old 9-month-old 9-month-old baby and discarded her in a trash bin. According to The Commercial Appeal, 21-year-old 21-year-old 21-year-old 21-year-old 21-year-old Shakara Dickens Dickens made the admission for the first time in an agreement with prosecutors. prosecutors. She was sentenced to 19 years in prison with no parole. Dickens said she smothered baby Lauryn on Sept. 7, 2010, in her apartment by placing her hand over the baby's mouth and nose to stop her from crying. She first reported to police that the baby was missing. missing. "Her body just went limp," Dickens said in Criminal Court. "I got a towel and wrapped her up and put her in a bag and I put her in the garbage garbage (bin)." She was facing more than 50 years in prison for her second-degree second-degree second-degree murder conviction before before the agreement was reached. Defense attorneys said it was the hardest case they've ever handled. handled. "It was a tough trial, it's a tough result, it's an even tougher story," said attorney Murray Wells. "We've been discussing discussing this outcome since the jury came back ... She is extremely remorseful." remorseful." But prosecutor Jennifer Jennifer Nichols said Dickens' Dickens' admission "was based on wanting to have an easier sentence.