Shafter woman found guilty of murder
Last updated 12/31/2021 at 3:08pm | View PDF
A Shafter woman was found guilty by a jury of murdering her newborn son in 2015.
Jurors must now determine whether Elvira Farias is legally insane at a trial beginning Jan. 3. Farias had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
According to the public defender's office, if Farias is found insane, she will be taken to a state hospital for treatment. If the jury deems her sane, then her guilty verdict stands.
Farias was convicted of first-degree murder and assault leading to death of a child under 8.
The Shafter Press first reported on Farias in 2015, when a newborn was found dead behind the doctor's offices of Dr. Jong Moon. Shafter Police later found Farias in downtown Shafter with blood on her clothing.