13-year-old Charged in Baby's Death

The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s office will determine the cause of death and whether the infant was dead or alive when it was placed in the box and covered with leaves.

A Cobb County teenager has been charged in the death of her newborn baby found buried in a shoebox Wednesday, police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The 13-year-old was arrested Thursday night at her home and charged with felony murder, first-degree cruelty to a child, and concealing a death, said Cobb County Police spokesman Officer Mike Bowman.

The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s office will determine the cause of death and whether the infant was dead or alive when it was placed in the box and covered with leaves.

A preliminary autopsy showed no trauma to the infant.

Police believe the girl had the child in her bedroom eary Tuesday morning. The baby may have been dead when she woke up, according to the AJC. It's unclear whether the girl's parents knew she was pregnant.

The baby was found in the 6600 block of Mableton Parkway, near the Sierra Forest Apartments in Mableton.

Police responded Wednesday to a report that a child had been born and later buried in the wooded area behind one of the buildings in the apartment complex. Further investigation revealed the location of the deceased infant child that appeared to have been carried to full term

Other teens are being investigated about what role they may have played in concealing the body of the baby.

The teen, who is being charged as an adult, remains in custody, although it is unclear where she is being held. According to WSB, the 14-year-old father of the child — a classmate of the mother — has not been charged but is being investigated.

Georgia has a Safe Haven law which allows mothers to leave newborn babies with an employee of a medical facility without facing criminal charges.

mz. kidd December 14, 2012 at 02:12 PM
That is so sad..:(
Richard "the Equalizer" Pellegrino December 14, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I agree...very sad for all involved....and this girl should not be charged as an adult...that is another travesty which needs to be addressed. There will be a prayer vigil at the apartment complex tomorrow (Saturday), 5pm.
Kathie December 14, 2012 at 11:59 PM
I blame her mother, and my heart goes out to that child parents are not paying attention to their kids and most kids are looking for love our kids these days are lost and the devil are coming into the homes destroying them if we don't stay prayed up.ask parents we got to pray and turn to God to help us with our kids.
Dana December 15, 2012 at 12:40 AM
So sad I struggle with situation like this. Although there are plenty of resources out there for girls who get into situations like this I kind of sympathize with their struggle within. I say the struggle within because I too was a teen mother who hid my pregnancy until my mother found out. I remember telling myself if I did not acknowledge "it", "it" would just go away. That's how immature my thought process and decision making abilities were. It was only when I tried on clothes that my mother bought me that didn't fit did my mother discover I was pregnant. With the help of others I raised an intelligent, compassionate, hard working son who is 18 today. But I often question myself what would I have done if no one found out I was pregnant? I could never imagine taking anyone's life let alone am innocent child but perhaps could I have been one of " these girls"?
Monica DeLancy December 15, 2012 at 01:16 AM
This is a very unfortunate situation for all parties involved. On Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Sierra Forrest Apartments. The Austell / Mableton community will host a prayer vigil. It will be at 5:00 p.m. at the front entrance gate. we will have community resources on hand to pass out. We are asking all community groups, representatives from youth organizations, churches, elected officials and residents to come out. We need everyone.
Pam J December 15, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I agree, but only if the baby died of natural causes. I'm not sure what should happen to her if that baby was alive when she put it in that box. I would be interested to know if she feels any remorse for it. 13 is a tough age these days. Kids growing up too fast.
electric123 December 15, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Once again Cobb police and DA's office is Johnny-on-the-spot with charging a probable distraught child as a adult with a serious charge of murder which is overplay instead of being a little bit more understanding and compassionate to this child who really now feels all alone wherever they are holding her.
electric123 December 16, 2012 at 06:15 AM
I agree with you Richard but as we know Cobb is Johnny-on-the-spot to hold even children accountable for their actions whether it will mess up their future or not.
Pam J December 16, 2012 at 02:59 PM
What if that baby was alive when she put it in that box? Would your opinion change? I don't know if they will be able to determine when the baby died, unless the mother tells them, which hopefully she will. This whole thing just breaks my heart. Too many dead children.
electric123 December 16, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Come on Pam, do you think a child of 13 put put a live baby in a shoebox? let's us change place with you and this child of 13? what would you do?
Pam J December 16, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Yes, I do think that could happen. She got pregnant at 13, went nine months with that baby in her, and the baby ends up in a box buried in some leaves. Like I said, I'm not sure what should happen to her, but there is a dead baby here. I choose to focus more on that. And 13 is old enough to know the difference between right and wrong.
electric123 December 16, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Well Pam, my ex mother in law had a still born at age 13 back in the late 50's and had several miscarriages to prove a point to you that back then her body was not developed enough to deliver healthy child into the world, but children today develop quicker due to genetics and the garbage the eat with steroids feed to the cattle and animals we consume.
electric123 December 17, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Well Pam, I deal with the courts here in Cobb as a paralegal and would hate to have you as a judge you are one sided and are unconcerned with proper judgment!
Pam J December 17, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Nowhere in my comments did I say she should be put in jail, unless she killed that baby. And for you to say that she should be treated as a child is basically just ignoring the fact that there is a dead baby here. You put absolutely no blame on that girl. She is not completely innocent in this. If the baby was born dead, sure, just get her some psychological help. And I would hate to be a judge, so don't worry your little head about that.
Hope December 18, 2012 at 04:49 AM
This is one the problems with society. Everyone wants to look the other way or make excuses for unexcusable behavior. Where is the accountability for ones actions? She made an adult decision to engage in sexual relations knowing it could result in a pregnancy. She is old enough to know RIGHT from WRONG. The only innocent one in this situation is the baby buried in a shoe box. We continue to make excuses for these kids and then wonder why they grow up with no remorse for their actions, no accountability for their decisions in life, no consequences for their actions. The desires of people wanting to allow these "kids" to receive a slap on the wrist for their horrific actions is why we have society full of individuals continue to wreak havoc on the world.
kim December 19, 2012 at 02:30 AM
I think the parents should be charge with something...neglect. and the boy that had sex with her. Kimberly
Cashmere Garcia December 19, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Well all I want to say is only our community knows her and the father and even though they mess up alot of lives we are still saying this is too harsh of a punishment she woke up and the baby wasn't breathing anymore so she panicked she was already scared but I'm praying for my little cupcake I'm missing her


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