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Accused Baby Killer Gives Defense

March 6, 1998

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) _ Lawyers for a teen-ager accused of murdering her newborn son continued to distance her from the infant’s father, saying polygraph results prove she never saw the baby and believed she had a miscarriage.

Amy Grossberg’s lawyers filed a motion Thursday to have the polygraph results admitted as evidence, indicating her defense will rely on her belief that she never delivered a live infant.

Any criminal responsibility for disposing of the baby’s body in a trash bin could then fall on her high school sweetheart and the boy’s father, Brian Peterson.

A gag order prohibits Ms. Grossberg’s lawyers from discussing their strategy. Lie detector tests are generally inadmissible in court.

Ms. Grossberg and Peterson, both 19, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of the baby in Newark motel in November 1996. They face trial in May.

They want separate trials, saying their defenses are ``antagonistic″ to each other.

Superior Court Judge Henry duPont Ridgely was expected to hear arguments on a motion to suppress evidence today before taking up their requests to split the trials. Prosecutors have suggested having a single trial with two juries, one for each defendant.

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