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14-Year-Old Mother Arrested In Death of Newborn

Associated Press

June 23, 2010

HOUSTON — A 14-year-old who gave birth at her friend’s Houston apartment, then helped discard the newborn’s body after he suffocated, was arrested after a child who witnessed the death told a school counselor, authorities said Tuesday.

Houston police said no adults were present — only another 14-year-old and two 11-year-olds — when the girl gave birth April 16, and the group learned about child birth from the Internet. The newborn was placed on a mattress and was “alive for some time,” but died after his head was covered with the amniotic sac, Senior Officer C.P. Abbey said.

“We were a little surprised ourselves that these kids gave birth in an apartment,” Abbey said. “Our question to them was, ‘How did you know how to do this?’ and they said they had looked it up on a computer.”

The newborn never cried, and no one called 911.

Instead, after the infant died, the group wrapped him in a plastic bag and called an adult neighbor, who told police he put the baby in a large trash bin at the apartment complex. The group also threw out the bed linens, clothing and the bed.

The garbage had been taken to a landfill by the time investigators learned about the death. They said the landfill was too big to search.

The neighbor has not been charged, but the “possibility exists,” Abbey said.

Police began investigating after one of the 11-year-olds told an elementary school counselor she witnessed the death a week earlier. The counselor, a former Houston police officer, called police.

The 14-year-old mother was charged Monday with a felony charge of injury to a child, police said. She was is the custody of Harris County’s juvenile probation department, spokeswoman Kendall Mayfield said.

The arrest wasn’t made until this week because investigators had to not only identify the mother, but talk to other witnesses, school district officials and counselors, Houston police spokesman John Cannon.

The infant’s father is also a juvenile, but was not present at the birth and has not been charged.

The mother’s 11-year-old sister, who witnessed the birth, was the only person to know of the pregnancy, Abbey said. The children’s parents were at work during the incident.

“Everybody’s parents work, they were not aware of what was going on,” he said.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • 100_20063_max50


    about 4 years ago


    this makes me sick

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace little one, your in a better place

  • White_shirt_max50


    about 4 years ago


    May God watch over the little on.

  • Image_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I have to agree with TellerDep. Where are the parents of these kids ?

  • Hard_badge_002_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Where were the parents while all this was going down?? Kids are a parents first responsibility,at 14 and 11 kids have little idea of the consequences and the seriousness of these actions.I think the parents should be held accountable for this also.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    about 4 years ago


    First off... I am NOT condoning what happened here, not in the least! This is horrific! I know a lot of women who do not "show" while they are pregnant. Think back to people saying how they were embarrassed when they asked a heavier woman when she was due... so, yes it is possible to hide a pregnancy. Now there is a show on women who didn't know they were pregnant. This is not a new phenomena. She is 14 and knew she was pregnant, she did not tell her parents, looked up child birth online, gave birth and then smothered the child... she is of the age to know right from wrong. She should be charged as an adult, not her parents. JMHO

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


  • Hpim1329_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I can tell you these kids have the ability to hide a pregnancy to term. It seems Bizarre and ubelievable but it does happen. Upper/mIdddle/lower class no one is exempt. These events happen more than anyone would guess.

  • P3_max50


    about 4 years ago


    wow.... i can not imagine not knowing ur daugther is pregnate, i think all of them should be charged this is horrible

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    It is hard to think that the parents did not know their 14 yr. old daughter was pregnant, she needs some srrious charges filed on her. Rest in peace little one you are with God now and he will protect you.

  • Radio2_max50


    about 4 years ago


    How hard is it to notice that your kid is pregnant.?

    Like it has been stated, before. I should charge everyone that is involved in this..

  • Me2__1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    Ok this pisses me off to no end. I loose my child to SIDS, have multiple miscarriages, and yet every day little pos breeders are offing their kids in record numbers when there are so many people out there who would love to have a child but can't or are having difficulties. Seriously, this incubator needs to be sterilized then executed. As a matter of fact, everyone involved needs to be charged. And I don't want to hear that, oh she was young and scared bs; it is the lamest and oldest excuse in the book. Plenty of young people who have babies don't kill them. Sorry for the rant, but god this seriously makes my blood boil.

  • 063_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I find it difficult to believe the parents did not notice their 14 year old daughter was a little big in the belly. What did they attribute her weight gain to? If the baby was "alive for some time" after the birth, I would think the pregnancy was about full term. Lots of questions here. Rest in Peace precious baby. You are safe now with our Lord and nobody will ever hurt you......

  • Thi_seal_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Wow, the parents never noticed they were living with a pregnant 14 y/o? Rest in Peace little child, your suffering has ended.

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