First degree murder charges are pending against a teenager for allegedly killing her newborn child.
It appears that 17 year-old Cheyenne Corbett was trying to hide her pregnancy and when the child was finally born, the teen tried to cover the birth.
According to the arrest affidavit for Corbett, family members asked the teenager numerous times if she was pregnant. Corbett denied the accusation and said she was just gaining weight. But in the early morning hours of July 22nd, Corbett began to have extreme back pain and apparently gave birth to a full term baby girl in the shower of her residence at 3145 Cripple Creek Court in Fruitvale.
According to the affidavit, after giving birth the teen could see the newborn moving but she told authorities the child's eyes were not open and it was not crying.
After further investigation, deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office searched the residence in Fruitvale, and found the newborn wrapped in a towel in the entertainment center of the teen's bedroom. The coroner has completed his investigation and found the manner of death was homicide and the cause was asphyxiation. Corbett is facing First Degree Murder charges and Child Abuse resulting in death.
Colorado does have a "safe haven law" to protect unwanted newborns. Under that law a newborn baby can be dropped off at a fire or police station or hospital, up to 72 hours after the birth and authorities will take the baby, no questions asked.