By Jennifer Richardson
EUGENE, Ore. — Testimony began Monday in the case of a Springfield woman accused of murdering her newborn son and leaving the body in a dumpster.
The prosecution says it will prove that Swartout gave birth while she was working at a Springfield motel.
The prosecutor says she then smothered the baby boy, who she named Lucias, and left it in a dumpster.
The defense is painting the picture of a woman on a “desperate journey for self acceptance who was never actually pregnant.”
The first witness to take the stand was Angelica’s adopted sister Jewel Sward.
She got choked up a number of times during her testimony.
When asked if she believed her sister killed the baby, she nodded yes.
Sward says Swartout was visibly pregnant.
The prosecution says during questioning Swartout admitted to Springfield police that she killed the baby.
Here’s what her sister had to say about why she was persistent on getting to the bottom of what happened to the baby.
“That Lucias didn’t have a chance and that he needed somebody to stick up for him.//Did you indicate you wanted vengeance against your sister?//No.//Is that what you want?//No,” Sward said.
The police searched a local landfill for the body but it has never been recovered.
The defense says Swartout tested negative for a pregnancy test at Planned Parenthood March of 2010.
It says after that she did everything she could to hide that she wasn’t pregnant.