An Omaha, Nebraska, teen, charged with throwing her newborn baby out of a 2nd floor apartment window last September, entered a plea this month at the Douglas County Juvenile court.
KMTV reports that Antonia Lopez, 16, was initially charged as adult for negligent child abuse resulting in death. She entered a plea of admission on February 1, which allowed her to be charged as a juvenile. After the juvenile court judge accepted her plea, she was sentenced to “supervision by a probation officer.” She’s also required to undergo drug and alcohol testing and a psychiatric evaluation. She’s required to wear an ankle monitor and attend school.
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Lopez had a “secret baby” on September 30, 2016. Initially, she denied being pregnant, but uncovered Snapchat messages indicated she indeed knew she was pregnant and chose to keep it hidden for months. The baby, a little girl, was born two months premature and weighed two pounds.
Hours after giving birth, she posted on an incriminating message on Facebook, shortly after she tossed the baby out of the window.
“Who can do me a huge favor and has a car?”
Lopez then sent a series of texts to her former boyfriend, the father of the child. In the eerie messages, she tried to get back to with him after telling him the baby was a girl.
“It was a girl by the way.” “Babe we can try again if you still want to be with me.”
An autopsy revealed that the baby suffered bleeding around her abdomen, brain, skull, and spine.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine decided to send her case to juvenile court after he reviewed her mental state, along with no prior criminal history. He said he took a number of things into consideration before making the decision.
“To me, after we looked into it, the way things happened, it didn’t seem to be anything you would label as an adult-specific act. It wasn’t a planned-out, thought-out process. It was more of a panicked reaction.”
If convicted in district court as an adult, Lopez would have faced 20 years to life in prison.
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