After delivering a 9.5-pound, 20.4-inch baby boy in a bathroom in her home, a 14-year-old Florida girl allegedly murdered the newborn and hid him in a shoebox in her room. He was discovered there, concealed by dirty laundry, a few days later by her mother.
The 14-year-old tried to conceal her pregnancy from beginning to end. She wore loose-fitting clothing, manipulated pregnancy tests and finally, delivered a baby in secret at her home. Three days later, the girl’s mother smelled something foul in her daughter’s bedroom and found the full-term infant dead in a shoe box among a pile of dirty and discarded laundry items.
Polk County Sheriff’s deputies were first alerted to the case Sept. 19 when the girl went to Lakeland Regional Medical Center for treatment for a purported miscarriage. She told her mother she had pain and accidentally flushed the fetus down the toilet. But when she talked to investigators, she confessed to having gone into full labor in the bathroom.
According to the sheriff’s report, she put a towel in her mouth and turned on the bathroom water to drown out any sounds she would make during delivery. The 5-foot-3, 100-pound girl delivered the the 9.5-pound, 20.4-inch baby boy into the toilet. She lifted the moving baby and saw he had a pulse. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the girl then squeezed his neck for about a minute until he was no longer breathing. The girl cleaned up the bathroom, the baby and herself before putting the dead child in a box, according to information provided by Donna Wood, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
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According to authorities, the cause of the newborn’s death was strangulation and blunt force trauma. The teen confessed to committing the heinous act because she was afraid of jeopardizing her relationship with her parents. She has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.