Police: Texas Teen Tried to Flush Newborn

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Baytown, Texas (AP) Authorities in Texas say a baby born to a 14-year-old girl in a school bathroom was alive before she tried to flush it down the toilet, killing him.

Police say an autopsy confirms the infant was born alive at Cedar Bayou Junior High in Baytown, near Houston. The boy was probably full term and cried before the mother, an eighth-grader, tried to flush him.

The girl was taken to a hospital. The Houston Chronicle reports people who knew her at school say she wore baggy clothing, and nobody suspected she was pregnant.

Authorities have not said whether the girl will be charged or with what. Killing an infant is a capital crime in Texas, but 14-year-olds are too young to be eligible for the death penalty.

The infant died just three days after another 14-year-old girl delivered a stillborn fetus in the bathroom of an airplane on her way back to Houston from a middle-school field trip.

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