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Teen Pleads Guilty in Death of Newborn

Katelynn Teague, 18. Police photo.

An 18-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of 2nd degree manslaughter in the death of her newborn child. Katelynn Teague of Paducah, Ky., was charged with murder in February, three months after police made a grisly discovery in the home she shared with her mother. According to reports, police arrived at Teague’s home in November and found blood in the bathroom and a deceased newborn child wrapped in a plastic bag in the closet. Teague had not told her mother she was pregnant, and claimed that the child was stillborn. An autopsy report later determined that the baby died from suffocation.

Teague will be sentenced on December 11. A judge has recommended a penalty of 10 years, with a possibility of parole after 20 percent of the sentence has been served.

In Florida, ninth grader Cassidy Goodson is accused of choking to death her newborn infant after attempting to conceal the pregnancy from her family. Police say Goodson hid in the bathroom and used a pair of scissors during the painful birth to “pry out” the 9.5 pound baby boy. Then, say detectives, Goodson choked the baby until he stopped breathing while he was still attached to her by the umbilical cord.  Goodson then allegedly showered with the dead child, and placed his body in a shoebox. Three days later, Goodson’s mother, Teresa Goodson, called 911, horrified after finding a full-term dead infant hidden in her daughter’s closet. The 14-year-old will be tried as an adult and faces life in prison.

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