Sentencing postponed for woman convicted of drowning newborn grandson

Beant Kaur Dhillon
Posted at 11:56 AM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 14:57:41-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — The sentencing hearing for Beant Dhillon, the woman convicted of drowning her newborn grandson in 2018, has been postponed.

Dhillon, 45, was found guilty of first-degree murder last month, among other charges. She is facing up to life in prison.

Dhillon's daughter gave birth at the age of 15 in the family's Southwest Bakersfield home in the 5200 block of Shining Crag Avenue. Weeks later, her daughter discovered the infant was dead and buried in the home's backyard, not adopted as her family had told her.

In February 2019, Dhillon's daughter told the police about the infant's death. Police exhumed the body on Feb. 26, 2019, and arrested Dhillon and her husband, Jagsir Singh. Singh posted his bail and in March of 2019 he hanged himself in the family's home.

The infant's father, whom Dhillon's daughter said was her older cousin Bakhshinderpal Singh Mann, fled and has not been seen since.

Dhillon's new sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 5.