Cassidy GoodisonA 14-year-old girl, Cassidy Goodison, has told in horrifying detail of the moment, after months of disguising the pregnancy from her parents, she secretly delivered her baby with a pair of scissors into the toilet before strangling the 9.5-pound newborn and hiding the body in a shoe box under a pile of wet laundry.

After being arrested and demonstrating on a doll to authorities how she killed her baby, she has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder, following months of disguising the pregnancy from her parents.

I’m not sure what’s going on in the world these days, but it feels like every other day, I am reading about some teenager disguising her pregnancy and killing the baby to hide the evidence or some mom who flips out and kills her child. When did babies become disposal? What the hell is wrong with our society?

This story is particularly shocking to me because how does one deliver a 9.5-pound baby by herself into the toilet, check that the baby is alive, and then proceed to strangle the baby and check again that the baby is dead? Why bother even checking? What kind of psychotic disconnect must one be undergoing to hold a baby that big in their arms and then proceed to take its life?

I can’t make sense of it and I am glad of that. There are so many women in the world who want nothing more than to have a child or would have given the world to be able to have held their children who died, and this girl threw her baby in the garbage.

Where were the adults in the girl’s life? Family members tried to broach the subject that they suspected the girl was pregnant, but her mother was in denial. It’s as if her parents felt if they ignored the problem long enough, it would go away, and it did. 

You can’t tell me that her parents didn’t know. She is 14; they live in the same house. You would notice if your 14-year-old were pregnant. There are signs. The world has failed this girl and society has failed her child. This girl, in my humble opinion, is a sociopath and needs to be locked up forever. She took a life and seems to have no remorse.

Do you think this girl should be tried as an adult or should society take mercy on her because she is so young?