Stockton was living with her parents and successfully hid her pregnancy from everyone.
Upon delivering the child herself on December 17, 2004, she stuffed the newborn in a plastic bag along with the materials she used in the delivery and clean up.
The bag was discarded close to her residence at the side of a dead-end road. The baby died of from the extreme cold. Stockton remained a suspect from the outset of the investigation. In an effort to thwart the police investigation, she refused to provide a DNA sample. The investigation remained open for years.
Finally, in 2009, police retrieved a cigarette butt Stockton had tossed away and used that to match her DNA to Baby Crystal as the girl had been nicknamed. Stockton was arrested. A subsequent search of her car produced the remains of two other infants who Stockton similarly allowed to perish.
Prosecutors were seeking a sixty year prison sentence on an eleven count indictment, but reached a plea bargain for a fifty year sentence on a single first-degree murder charge; she accepted.
Ill. mom of frozen baby given 50-year sentence