Clark County Woman Sentenced in Newborn Death

(Marshall, IL) -- A Clark County woman will spend two decades behind bars for killing her newborn son last summer.

Cayla Wheeler got 20 years in prison for the murder of her son and she got another five years for arson. The two sentences will be served at the same time. Wheeler gave birth to the boy last July and then drowned him and hid him in the woods. She burned down her house in an attempt to hide the death. Police started investigating Wheeler after her home burned down when they noticed that she was no longer pregnant and there were no signs of the baby.

A cadaver dog eventually found the baby in the woods near where her home was. Prosecutors had asked for a 35 year sentence for Wheeler after she pled guilty, but mentally ill to the charges.

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