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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

He's known in court documents only as "baby boy Hicks."

Anitra Hicks' son would've turned two years old Wednesday.

Tuesday morning, his mother was in court, accused of murdering her son after giving birth to him in her parents' home, then throwing him in the garbage.

She pleaded guilty Tuesday to reduced charges of voluntary manslaughter and concealing a death. She faces between one and 30 years in prison.

Judge Michael Karpf will decide the sentence and is expected to announce it sometime in January.

In an interview at the Hicks family home Tuesday night, Anitra's father, Frank Hicks said, "This is in God's hands." 

The Hicks family also waiting to find out what will happen to Anitra's second son. He's in a foster home, born after his mother was sent back to jail, seven months pregnant, for violating the conditions of her bond. 

This case might never have come to court, it weren't for Curbie Sanitation Worker Daniel Dahlquist.

Dahlquist says his garbage trunk was malfunctioning the morning of Dec. 6, 2011, when he picked up the trash from the Hicks' home. 

The two bags the baby boy was wrapped inside of happened to break, Dahlquist said. When he went around back to check the truck, the baby slipped out.

Tuesday night, Dalhquist said he was relieved to hear Anitra Hicks has negotiated a guilty plea.

"At least I know that justice is being served," he said. "But I do hope that she gets more than a year to serve. That would be a travesty of justice if they did that."

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