Mableton Teen charged as adult in death of her baby
by Fox 5 Atlanta
December 14, 2012 08:19 AM | 7780 views | 14 14 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Austell, Ga. - A 13-year-old mother is facing murder charges after the death of her new born child. The baby was found in the woods behind the girl's Mableton apartment.

Cobb police found the dead infant, which they say had been carried to term, inside a shoe box hidden under some leaves in the woods behind the Sierra Forest Apartments on Wednesday night.

They charged the teen mother who lives in the complex on Thursday. According to Cobb County Police Officer Mike Bowman, the teen faces adult counts of felony murder, first degree child cruelty and concealing a death. Police have not released the 13-year-old's name.

A neighbor who didn't want to be identified says her children go to middle school with the mother and 14-year-old father. The woman says kids in the community told her that the teen knew about the pregnancy, but that the girl's parents did not, saying the young teen was afraid to tell her parents.

The 14-year-old father doesn't face any charges at this time. The investigation continues, and an autopsy is scheduled to determine a cause of death. The neighbor was heartbroken about what happened.

"They're both good kids," said the neighbor.

Georgia is a "safe haven" state, which by law allows a mother to leave a newborn within seven days of birth at a fire station, a hospital, a clinic or a school nurse and not face any charges.

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CommunityCitizen
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December 15, 2012
The young teenagers knew what they were doing. They are not 3 year olds, even they know what they're doing. The justice system can work this out. What they did is something an adult is capable of doing.
terrible
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December 14, 2012
What has happened to this country. We used to have mortals but no more. She new enough about how to have sex she knew enough to go to a hospital, I would like to know did she kill the baby or did the baby die of natural causes? If it was natural causes and she got scared then yes maybe charge her with a lesser crime, but if she actually had a hand in killing the baby she should be prosecuted.
Richard Pellegrino
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December 14, 2012
Very sad for all involved....and this girl should not be charged as an adult...that is another travesty which needs to be addressed. She is a juvenile who needs help...not extreme punishment.

There will be a prayer vigil at the apartment complex tomorrow (Saturday), 5pm.
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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December 14, 2012
"They're both good kids..."...said the neighbor. Thank God I live in a gated community far from THAT type of mis-guided neighbor! My, God...have our American Values and expectations of others really sunk that low?
Teacher Mom
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December 14, 2012
Can you even imagine the fear this girl faced? I don't condone what she did but if she had nobody to turn to and no conceivable way (in her 13 y.o. mind) to get to a clinic, etc., I certainly understand it and my heart breaks for everyone involved.
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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December 14, 2012
@"Teacher Mom": Are you actually suggesting that the mere fact that because she "...had no one to turn to..." excuses the horrific thing she did to that poor baby was, in your

opinion; "understandable"? If so, I pity your students and family.
Just Wait
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December 14, 2012
@ MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR, if you honestly believe that living in a gated community protects you and your neighbors from this type of situation, you need to clean your rose colored glasses. I can only guess that when it does happen, you'll be the one interviewed on TV saying "I never thought something like that could happen in my neighborhood."
@may-retta
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December 14, 2012
Do you really believe that kids who live in "gated communities" are immune to making life altering choices or decisions? Are you really that intellectually limited?

And what exactly does "American values" mean? Please educate me.
colzie
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December 18, 2012
i knew the child...her parent ignore the thing going on..parent should be responsible
anonymous
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December 14, 2012
RE: "Teen charged as adult in death of her baby"

This is really sad. And another example of a baby being "charged as an adult".

The insanity/stupidity of police and prosecutors raises it's head again...all in the name of "gettin' tuff on da criminals".
grababigclue
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December 14, 2012
Anonymous, are you serious?! A 13 year old got knocked up by a 14 year old, gave birth, and stuffed the baby into a shoebox and buried it. Was the baby dead or alive, who the heck knows. Where are her parents? Or parent? Are you telling me no one knew she was pregnant? This story is beyond sickening and you're trying to find fault with the police and prosecutors? Grab a clue. Something needs to be done to this hideous vicious cycle of kids having kids. We have grandmothers who are in their 30's and then idiots like you want to point the finger at authorities who are trying to do something about it. What is your suggestion? A slap on the wrist?
anonymous
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December 14, 2012
I totally agree with you.
anonymous
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December 15, 2012
grababigclue, this little girl could have gone down to planned parent hood on Cobb parkway and had an abortion a short time before the baby was born and no one would ever be concerned about where that baby was buried...or charging the girl as an adult.

Aside from that, is a 13 year old a kid or an adult? This crap of charging kids as adults depending on the nature of the crime and how much "I am tuff on crime " publicity it will get the prosecutors and the police from the numbskull sect is, well...for the numbskulls (who sadly often vote).

NOTE: I have clearly not indicated that a slap on the wrist was in order. Please work on that reading comprehension deficiency.

grababigclue
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December 16, 2012
To 'anonymous', my reading comprehension is excellent, thank you. And my parents taught me how to COMPREHEND the difference between right from wrong. You contradict yourself with:

This is really sad. And another example of a baby being "charged as an adult". The insanity/stupidity of police and prosecutors raises it's head again...all in the name of "gettin' tuff on da criminals".

Are you saying that this 13-year old is a 'baby'? Your follow up post refers to her as a 'little girl'. Which one is she?!

Is she a scared 'teen'? Is she a 'young adult'? This 13-year old was certainly old enough to make the decision to have sex so I think we can both agree that she's no longer a 'baby' or a 'little girl.'

What brilliant idea do you have to curb this disgusting trend? Do you want to join up with Rich Pellegrino and Jerry Gonzalez and get goodies and handouts for all the babies being pumped out by teens and illegals, just to get thrust into the endless cycle of the road to nowhere? Taxpayers picking up their tab?

This baby deserved a chance at life but the 13-year old 'baby/little girl' you feel so sorry for, made a different decision, now didn't she? I can assure you that my parents certainly would've been astute enough to know that I was putting on weight in my belly. I can also assure you I would know if my own daughters were possibly pregnant and gotten them medical care.

People like you insist on enabling young criminals and you're not doing them any favors. Please tell me that you think there should be SOME ACCOUNTABILITY on her horrific decision.
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