NOW:53211:USA01012
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01012
75°
H 88° L 63°
Partly Cloudy | 6MPH

Shorewood girl faces hearing in death of newborn

Crocker Stephenson

Feb. 6, 2012

A delinquency hearing will be held Feb. 20 for a 17-year-old Shorewood girl who investigators say gave birth to a boy in her bathtub and buried him in a flower bed beside her house, a judge ordered Monday.

The girl is charged in a delinquency petition with one count of concealing the death of a child.

According to the petition:

The girl told police that the infant was conceived in early winter of 2010, around the time of her 16th birthday. She said that although she did not gain weight or feel sick, she began to suspect she was pregnant in July 2011.

She said "she found it hard to move around," the petition says, "but was far too busy and didn't have time to worry about anything too much."

The girl, the petition says, did not see a doctor and did not take a pregnancy test.

She delivered the boy on Aug. 17, as she soaked in a tub to relieve severe back pain. She told authorities the birth was unexpected and that she was "in complete shock," the petition says.

The infant, the girl said, was blue and floated face up beneath the surface of the water. She cut the umbilical cord with a pair of scissors, she said, then placed the infant in a shoe box.

The girl told police she put the shoe box containing the boy in the bottom drawer of a nightstand beside her bed.

Then "she went back to the living room to watch television, trying to act as normal as possible," the petition says.

After about a week and a half, the smell became too strong, the girl said, so she placed the baby and the shoe box in several plastic bags and buried the bundle in a flower bed beside her house.

In September, the girl's mother noticed a foul smell coming from the garden and discovered the remains.

Because of decomposition, the medical examiner was unable to determine the infant's gestational age - sometime between 24 to 40 weeks, it's estimated - nor could it be determined if the infant was born alive or dead.

The girl told authorities that the baby did not appear to breathe, but she also told them that the boy's fingertips were moving.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Former Bavarian Inn will be remodeled, reopened as Bavarian Bierhaus 9/1

» Large medical office building proposed in Mequon 9/1

» Shorewood residents feel shut out by school board participation policy 8/31

» Deangelo Stewart rushes for 315 yards as Messwood overpowers Nicolet 8/28

» Get interesting prep football tidbits and insights with 'First and Short' blog 8/28

» Updated weekly rankings of area prep football teams and players 8/27

» Menomonee Falls volleyball team opens season with win over Nicolet 8/26

» Crews clear Mequon traffic incident that created big northbound I-43 delays Updated:  8/26

» Homestead ACT scores top North Shore 8/26

» Medical office building planned for Mequon 8/26

» Shorewood school budget nearly derailed over public comment policy change 8/26

» Homestead football team learns lessons in loss to Arrowhead 8/26

» Sport Shorts: Aug. 27, 2015 8/26

» Exquisite Threading weaves philanthropy into business growth 8/26

» Homestead's new field to be ready for play on Friday 8/26

» Glendale Little League team wins state title 8/26

» North Shore area swim teams will have a different look this winter 8/26

» Initial Reaction Podcast: What stood out on the first week of high-school football? 8/25

» West Nile virus reported in North Shore 8/24

» Run DMC rapper Darryl McDaniels launches Clicks sneaker shop in Shorewood 8/24

» Newsweek: Whitefish Bay best Wisconsin school; 30th in nation 8/21

» Arrowhead overpowers Homestead, 28-14, in football opener 8/20

» The 2015 Suburban Milwaukee Prep Football Guide 8/19

» Get to know: Messmer/Shorewood Greyhounds 8/19

» Nicolet football program energized as varsity returns 8/19

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Local Business Directory

CONNECT    

Most Popular