A woman who is facing manslaughter may not be headed to trial as a deal is in the works.
Melissa Fuppul is facing manslaughter and child abuse for the death of her newborn daughter in 2018.
Her attorney Curtis Van de Veld told the court today that progress has been made and a plea offer was received on Monday.
He further stated that the deal needed to be reviewed with Fuppul and a counteroffer may result.
Court documents state that Fuppul admitted that she hid her pregnancy from her family and boyfriend, further telling police that she knew what she had done was “wrong.”
While her attorney previously stated that the baby had died during birth, then Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola determined that the baby girl was born alive and that the cause of death was suffocation. Espinola ruled the newborn’s death a homicide.
A hearing is set for Feb. 6.