Teen Gives Birth, Hides Baby Under Sink; Feared Mom Would Force Her to Have Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 5, 2014   |   1:57PM   |   Washington, DC

A 19-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with a bizarre case out of the state of Florida. She apparently kept her pregnancy from her mother, whom she feared would force her to have an abortion.

Once the teenage gave birth, she hid the baby under a sink and authorities later found the child alive.

Palm Bay police say Breanna LaSean Ross was 18 years old when she gave birth in January in her bathroom then placed the baby in a grocery bag and hid the child underneath a sink.

According to a news report: “She told police she hid her pregnancy because previously, her mother and the mother of her baby’s father forced her into having an abortion. She thought they would make her do the same with this pregnancy.”

From the story:

baby36She told police she woke up on Jan. 31 with stomach pains. After struggling to use the restroom, she gave birth to a baby girl. She cleaned up, put the baby under the sink and passed out.

Emergency personnel took her to Palm Bay Hospital due to excessive bleeding. A doctor told police Ross appeared to be in a “clear state of mind,” but was overwhelmed about telling anyone she was pregnant.

The doctor told police she had lost about two pints of blood and could have had clouded judgement or a diminished capacity to make decisions.

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Another doctor said the baby weighed 5 pounds, 13.3 ounces. There were concerns the baby’s kidneys weren’t working correctly, but the doctor was confident she would recover.

Police weren’t sure if there was probable cause that Ross’s actions rose to the level of a crime. They sent the paperwork to the State Attorney’s Office to see if she should be arrested.

Court records show Ross was charged with one count of felony child neglect on Saturday, about six months after the birth.

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