HOUSTON (May 22, 2014) Narjes Modarresi, 32, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Thursday after a Harris County jury found her guilty of capital murder in the death of her infant son who was buried alive in mud near a bayou.
The 2-month-old suffocated.
Jurors deliberated about two hours Thursday before returning their verdict.
State District Judge Maria Jackson sentenced her immediately afterward.
Prosecutors weren’t seeking the death penalty.
Defense attorney George Parnham had sought a lesser charge against Modarresi because she suffers from bipolar disorder and was suicidal at the time of the April 2010 death of the infant.
But prosecutor Sunni Mitchell had told jurors that Modarresi never formed a bond with a newborn "she never wanted and never loved."
The Houston woman initially told investigators that her 2-month-old son had been abducted, but then later led authorities to his body in a wooded area near Buffalo Bayou.
The baby was found face-down, covered in mud and autopsy reports showed that there was mud and water in his lungs, which indicates he was buried alive.
Modarresi told police at first that she was pushing her son, Mosih Golabbakhsh, in a stroller when a man took the infant.
Police issued Amber Alert, but canceled it after the body was found.