Twin infants are dead in Ohio after authorities said their 16-year-old mother placed them in a garbage can in her Cleveland home.
WKYC reports the teenager, who is not named in reports because she is a minor, was charged this week with involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
On May 20, police said they responded to a 911 call from the girl’s mother who had found the twins’ dead bodies in the trash.
According to police, the mother said her daughter admitted to giving birth and then throwing “the babies in the garbage.”
Authorities estimated the girl was about 30 weeks pregnant when she gave birth, Live Action News reports.
Here’s more from the local news:
Residents in the community told us that they heard babies crying Thursday evening on the night they were allegedly born, but did not suspect anything was wrong. The caller claimed she did not even know her daughter was pregnant …
Bedford police later located the teen suspect receiving treatment at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center. She was later transferred to UH’s main campus and is being monitored by Cleveland officers.
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Infanticide and infant abandonment are problems across the world.
In January, authorities in New Mexico investigated another case involving a young mother who went to the hospital, allegedly locked herself in a hospital bathroom, gave birth and then threw her newborn son in a trash can. The baby died.
A third case in Iowa in February led to the arrest of two individuals on first-degree murder charges after police said they admitted to throwing a newborn baby boy in a trash bag and leaving him in a ditch.
Like abortion, infanticide destroys the life of a unique and valuable child who is fully dependent on his/her parents to survive. The pro-life movement works to protect newborns from infanticide as well as abortion by supporting safe haven laws, adoption and resources to help pregnant and parenting families.
All 50 states, including Ohio, have safe haven laws that allow mothers to safely surrender their newborns to authorities, often at a police station or hospital, without repercussions as long as the infant is unharmed. Several states also have baby boxes installed in fire stations where women can safely surrender newborns. Typically, laws allow safe surrender within a certain time limit, such as up to 30 days after the baby’s birth.
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