Teen Mom Charged With Attempted Murder
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Teen Mom Charged With Attempted Murder
The Osceola County Girl Is Accused Of Putting Her Newborn In The Trash. The Baby Is In Foster Care.
March 9, 2000By Lenny Savino of The Sentinel Staff
KISSIMMEE The 13 year old mother of a newborn found in a trash compactor was charged with attempted first degree murder Wednesday.
Prosecutors charged the girl after reviewing her statements to Kissimmee police. asics running Investigators found the girl after a letter addressed to her was found inside the same sealed garbage bag the baby was rescued from at the apartment complex. Nurses named the 4 pound, 13 ounce girl Rose after the street where the overflowing Dumpster was located. She was placed in foster care Friday after being released from the hospital. Attorneys for the Department of Children Families have told a judge they will attempt to remove the child from her mother’s custody permanently.
Among the disclosures in the arrest affidavit:
The teen said she did not know she was pregnant until her seventh month carrying the baby. She kept it a secret from her parents, friends and school officials.
The baby was delivered on Feb. 27 in the toilet of her parents’ apartment after the teen felt cramps. The parents, who were entertaining guests, left to attend a concert at Kissimmee’s lakefront.
When the newborn kept crying, the teen put Rose in the bathtub.
After studying the child for about 20 minutes and mopping up, the teen searched for a garbage bag. She found one in the laundry room and stuffed the baby in it. She then looked for a trash bag that needed to be thrown out, found one, and put the baby’s bag inside the second bag and sealed it by tying a knot.
When Detective Jeff Parsons, the lead investigator, asked the girl why she put the baby in the garbage bag, she said she did not know what to do; she was afraid; and she did not know how her mother would take asics ru asics running nning her pregnancy.
When detectives asked the teen if the baby could breathe inside the bags, she replied: It was still crying. There is no way it could breathe.”
After walking about 80 yards to the garbage bin at The Vineyards apartment complex off Columbia Avenue, the teen stepped over several garbage bags on the ramp and deposited her child inside the door of the compactor. A passer by heard cries and called 911.
The teen told detectives she walked away from the garbage bin like nothing happened.” Back at the apartment, she rested. When she heard sirens from police cars and an ambulance, she walked outside and watched the baby being ta asics running ken away.
On Wednesday, the family did not respond to interview requests. Neighbors described the parents as hard working people. The teen is known as a good student at Kissimmee Middle School. The father, a 14 year old, did not know of the pregnancy until after Rose’s birth.
The most incredible thing was how she went through the whole pregnancy, labor process and delivery all by herself without ever seeing a doctor,” Parsons said.
Rose is one of six abandoned newborns found during the past month in Florida. Two have been found in Osceola since Feb. 23.
A judge will decide today whether the teen will remain in state custody at the Juvenile Assessment Center in Orlando and whether or not she will still be permitted to visit her baby.
State law does not allow the 13 year old to be prosecuted as an adult on the attempted murder charge. If she is found guilty in juvenile court, she could be held until her 21st birthday. A more likely scenario, prosecutors said, would be either community control or incarceration for a brief period probably not longer than 18 months with probation to follow.
In a juvenile case, the nature of the charge isn’t so important as are the sanctions placed on her,” said Randy Means, a spokesman for the State Attorney’s Office. If she is convicted, we certainly hope she would be given sanctions to include education and moral character building that she apparently didn’t get in her first 13 years as a child.”