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LOCKPORT – A woman who had a long-running sexual relationship with an underage boy, including bearing his child, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Christine Baez-Melendez, 31 of Genesee Street, Lockport, admitted to attempted third-degree rape and could go to jail for a year when she returns before County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas April 9.

Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello said the boy is 18 now, but he was 14 when he and Baez-Melendez started having sex. At the time, both were living in Yonkers. They moved to Lockport separately in 2011, and the guilty plea involved sex in December 2011.

Donatello told Farkas that Westchester County authorities are not interested in prosecuting Baez-Melendez for sex with the underage boy in their jurisdiction. The couple’s child, a 2-year-old daughter, is one of four daughters the woman has.

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