A Florida teenager was too scared to tell her parents that she was expecting, so she hid her pregnancy. The girl delivered her 9.5 pound son in a bathroom inside of her home. She hid that she was in labor by running the bath water and grinding her teeth on a towel.
After the baby was born, she choked her son to death and hid his body in a shoe box. The shoe box was later discovered in her dirty laundry. After her mom went into the bathroom and saw a lot of blood in the toilet, she took her daughter to a medical center. The medical staff told the mother that her daughter had undergone a miscarriage.
The daughter falsely confessed to this as well, however her mother later found the deceased baby and upon autopsy, it was revealed that the baby was alive and breathing prior to death. The baby’s death was attributed to asphyxiation and blunt force trauma. The girl has been charged with premeditated first degree murder and aggravated child abuse. She has been taken to a juvenile detention center.
How common is filicide or killing one’s child? According to the co-author of ‘Mothers Who Kill Their Children,’ “I’d say a mother kills a child in this country once every three days, and that’s a low estimate.” According to 2008 estimates by the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System reported 1,740 child fatalities as a result of child abuse or neglect. According to reports, there are a variety of reasons why mothers kill their children, such as:
- Trying to hide a pregnancy
- They are angry/abusive and their actions are taken too far
- They are victims of domestic violence and see murder/suicide as an escape
According to a professor of psychology, “These women almost always feel alone, with a total lack of emotional support.” In the words of a law professor, “Almost all these women are not in their right minds (when they commit these acts). The debate is whether they’re sick enough to be called insane.” Regardless of the motive, murder is a serious crime, and this allegation should be taken seriously. Contact a criminal defense attorney today to secure the legal services you need!