A Michigan teen has been charged with murder after allegedly stabbing her newborn to death shortly after giving birth.
Detroit Free Press reports that the 16-year-old teen was charged with second-degree murder on Wednesday in connection with the February incident. According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, she’s accused of giving birth in a toilet inside an apartment at the Agnes Street Apartments in Detroit. She allegedly wrapped the baby in a towel afterward, then stabbed the infant numerous times in the neck.
The suspect then placed the newborn in a purse and hid the baby in a bedroom closet, prosecutors said.
A preliminary police report indicated that the infant was born stillborn. However, a medical examiner’s report indicated otherwise. According to the Wayne County Medical Examiner, the manner of death has been listed as a homicide, caused by “multiple incised wounds to the neck.”
Local 4 reports that authorities found out about the incident after first responders arrived at the complex, following a call about a teen girl in need of medical assistance. The teen’s mother reportedly called for help after the girl collapsed. After a physician determined the teen had recently given birth, authorities arrived at the apartment the following day and found the baby.
The teen is now out on bond, awaiting a preliminary hearing set for October 25.
“She’s not considered a danger to the community, a danger to herself, or a flight risk,” Maria Miller, spokesperson for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, said. “This is a first offense, and so she will be allowed to turn herself in and the (juvenile court) referee will decide the conditions of her bond.”
Meanwhile, police are searching for the possible father of the baby, who is reportedly an adult who may have had sex with a minor. The Detroit Police Department is currently investigating.
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