A teen girl has been arrested following a bizarre case of infanticide or concealing the death of a newborn baby. A 6-year-old girl who apparently hid her pregnancy from her parents and gave birth without their knowledge buried her full-term baby, who weighed 8.5 pounds, in her back yard.
The newborn’s body was found buried in her mother’s yard on June 30 and police were tipped off by someone who overheard a conversation about a dead newborn. Authorities believe the teen had the baby at home and then buried the body in the yard and they say the baby died from blood loss after someone cut the umbilical cord to close to the newborn girl’s body.
Police don’t believe the teen’s parents knew about the pregnancy.
The state medical examiner’s office determined that the baby died of blood loss after it appears whomever cut the umbilical cord cut it too close to the baby girl.
The newborn then appears to have bled out, Sheriff Jones told the Charlotte Observer.