A New Jersey woman admitted on Monday to killing her son shortly after giving birth to him in March. Despite her admission, the baby’s remains were never found.
Jada McClain, 18, said she gave birth to her son alone in her parents’ bathroom and pressed on his chest until he stopped breathing. The baby’s father and McClain’s boyfriend, Quaimere Mohammed, 19, confessed to discarding the newborn’s remains in a dumpster located in an apartment complex, according to the Asbury Park Press.
Mohammed said he spent time with McClain the night before she gave birth. He said he woke up to texts from McClain in which she stated that she had the baby but he was not breathing. However, prosecutors said McClain sent Mohammed a text message saying “I did it, baby,” according to NJ Advance Media.
McClain picked up Mohammed from his home and told him that their son — who she named Legend — was in the back seat wrapped in towels. The pair then reportedly drove an apartment complex and threw his body in a dumpster.
McClain said she hid her pregnancy from everyone besides Mohammed. The Asbury Park Press reported that McClain’s friend alerted police after McClain sent her pictures of the newborn and he appeared blue.
The friend claimed she was with McCain when she took a pregnancy test in November. She said she saw McClain again in February, when she allegedly showed off her pregnant stomach and claimed she was “drinking, smoking weed, and taking pills” to miscarry, NJ Advance Media reported.
An arrest affidavit alleged that McClain and Mohammed had discussed killing their son days before he was born. At the time, Mohammed allegedly said they “have to do what’s best for them.”
McClain agreed to plead guilty to aggravated manslaughter and faces 10 years in prison. Mohammed pleaded guilty to desecrating human remains and is facing a 5-year sentence.
The pair’s sentencing is scheduled for March 20.
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