Prosecutors ask for 40 years in a controversial abortion trial in El Salvador

Hernandez (C) appears at a court in San Salvador on July 15.

(CNN)The controversial retrial of a rape victim in El Salvador concluded Friday, a case that has drawn international attention because of the country's strict abortion laws and could see the young woman's sentence lengthened.

Evelyn Hernandez was a teenager when she was first accused of inducing an abortion and later convicted of aggravated murder, claims which she has repeatedly rejected.
In April 2016, Hernandez was found on the floor of her bathroom drenched in blood. She was rushed to a local emergency room in her hometown of El Carmen, roughly 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) east of the capital, by her mother and a neighbor.
Doctors who examined her saw signs of a delivery, but no baby. They reported her to the authorities, her defense team told CNN. When local officials arrived at her home five hours later, they found the newborn dead in a septic tank.
A year later, Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing the child. Prosecutors at the time claimed she had induced an abortion and left the baby for dead.
At the end of her retrial Friday in Ciudad Delgado, prosecutors asked the court to impose an even longer sentence -- 40 years in prison, rather than her previous sentence of 30 years. A verdict is expected to be delivered on Monday at 1 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET).
Hernandez, now 21, has pleaded not guilty. She has said that she did not even know she was pregnant until the delivery. "Had I known I was pregnant, I would have awaited the baby with pride and joy," Hernandez told reporters last month.
Her attorney Bertha Deléon also told reporters Friday that Hernandez was not physically able to react after going into labor.
"Forensic scientists deduced after she arrived at the hospital that she had suffered a hypovolemic shock, which is a severe loss of blood and liquids while giving birth. This resulted in a loss of blood pressure which kept her from reacting in a different way," Deléon told reporters.
Both Hernandez and her defense team have said that her pregnancy was the result of a rape.