Anne Arundel teen sentenced after baby's death
“It was very important to the judge that there be accountability.”
An Anne Arundel County teenager who gave birth into a toilet at her Arnold home and disposed of the infant's body in a trash can outside was sentenced today to a juvenile detention facility until she turns 21, the stiffest penalty available.
The former Broadneck High School student, who was 17 at the time of her son's death in December 2005, is on house arrest while Maryland Department of Juvenile Services officials come up with a recommendation on where she should serve the time. The Sun is not identifying the girl because she was tried as a juvenile. Read more
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#1 Oct 6, 2007
I don't know what was in that girls head but a similar thing happened to me when I was 17 in high school. I was an idiot and did not know I was pregnant or even what a baby was. I was scared to death when the baby came out into the toilet in the waiting room at Childrens Hospital with the cord attached. I opened the door and screamed out to my mother because I was so frightened and did not know what was happening. I implore parents to talk to your children about birth control, abstinence, peer pressure and epecially sex. Do not let them find out in the streets because that is where their life will be. I was naive and did everything everyone else told me to do trying to "fit" in and be liked. I believed what everyone told me while they laughed and made fun of me behind my back and called me stupid. I was stupid because I knew nothing about where babies came from or how they were made etc. I don't know if I was retarded or what but I just did not know or no one told me the truth. Parents should always tell their kids the truth and set good examples for them and make sure they know what you are talking about when you explain things to them.
#2 Oct 8, 2007
This is sad. It all starts at home. Parents should be more involved in their childrens daily activities. And how can you not notice your child growing a belly? Help me undersatnd!
#3 Oct 10, 2007
Some parents are busy with their own lives and just trying to make ends meet, working 3 jobs etc. They may notice a belly growing but see and don't see it until its too late. Denial...
Also, there is no built in parenting guide that automatically makes you a good parent. Parents more than likely rear their children the same way they were taught. It's a cycle. Like if your parents beat you and screamed at you every day then you will more than likely beat your kids and abuse them verbally and or physically. The only way that can change is by the power of the Holy Spirit that is in each of us. It is a learning experience and when we make so many mistakes and do and see the same things happening over and over again only and get tired of it, then we seek a higher power that can change all that if we so desire. A lot of parents do not know that adultery and fornication is wrong. When they mess around with someone they are not married to for a few moments of ecstasy and pleasures that will fade away, they think it is the best feeling in the world....but the repercussions are enormous. Extramarital affairs affect not only the spouse but the children get neglected. Parents running around chasing that nut do not have time to be involved in their children's lives. They will but them anything they want like trendy clothes and shoes etc. just to keep them quiet satisfied so they think. What they do not know is that the child really would rather have time with the parents and conversation and love more than "things".....but that's life......you live and you learn and when you get your own children you vow not to neglect them as you may have been neglected ...that is if you have learned anything and it is your time for change. Hope this helps you to understand.
#4 Mar 30, 2012
I knew this girl. Went to school with her, and she lived right around the corner from me in arnold. Her parents we're whacky, her mother COULD have been more involved. This girl KNEW she was pregnant, didn't care to tell anyone but a close friend (who lived i think 2 houses down from her) asked her friend to help deliver the baby. After all went wrong she put the baby in a trash can (so inhumane and disgusting, theres SEVERAL different approaches to thise) after having a different argument with her mother after the fact she confessed to what she had done, from there her mother called the cops. Regardless its all disgusting on both the parent and childs side....im not saying this all becuase i never liked the girl in school but come on! knowing how she was as a person i KNOW she knew what was right/wrong, regardless of home situations.....nuts....
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