13-Year-Old Mom Reportedly Buries Her Newborn in the Woods

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handcuffsIt's one of those stories where you want to hate the accused, but you're having a hard time summoning the appropriate anger. A 13-year-old girl has been arrested outside Atlanta, Georgia on felony murder charges. Cops say the teen mother buried her newborn baby in the woods behind her house.

There's no answer yet from medical examiners of how the baby died, but it's almost beside the point. A child is dead. And a slightly older child, but a child all the same, is behind bars ... after giving birth.

Perhaps seeing teenage mothers splashed across the covers of the tabloids has made society inured to the horror of mere children giving birth, but I can't get out of my mind the image of a 13-year-old girl, scared and confused, trying to figure out what is wrong with her body as a child grows inside of her. I flash too to the image of a 13-year-old girl giving birth.

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At 13, I wasn't even wearing a bra yet; at least not on days when I didn't have to change in front of my peers in gym class. I probably had a Barbie or two still lying around my bedroom. I know I still slept with my stuffed rabbit. Because I was still very much a child.

That is what 13 is. It's the very first of the teen years, a far cry from womanhood.

It's not an age when someone -- anyone -- should be pregnant, forget being an actual mother. At best, this child's child should have been whisked away into an immediate adoption, the new "mother" already in therapy to help her deal with the tragic circumstances of her life.

The fact that this 13-year-old girl somehow ended up with a dead baby -- remember, despite the murder charge, we do not know how this baby died -- shows an apparent failure of the adults in her life to protect her.

If this girl somehow caused her baby's death, she needs punishment, yes. But let's not forget that she is a victim too, a child victim.

What do you think should be done with this girl, this 13-year-old mother?

 

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Tessa 'Carr' Carson

i blame her parents. where r they? really how does a 13 yr get prego and parents must have known?! idk she must have been terrified regardless if u feel shes a murderer she is a victim as well.

Stephanie Smith

OMG! I cant fathom the thought of a child having a child..but where was the parents when the child got pregnant? Was it a case of incest? Rape? How did this child carry a baby full term and it not be detected by someone? DEPENDING on the autopsy results on how the baby died should determine her punishment. No matter what though, some questions need answered. How did this child go through labor and no one hear her scream from pain? Who was the father? This is a case of child neglect on parents part as well. Goes to show though that some kids feel they cant talk to their parents or even another adult without some form of punishment. This is a tragedy all around.

Samantha Moore

The baby is the victim here. And it doesn't matter if the girl is 13 or not, she buried the baby and possibly killed it. She needs to be punished. She thinks she is old enough to have sex and be an adult then she needs to be charged like one.

nonmember avatar buffy willis

The 13 year old girl is a killer and should be put to death and her parents should get in trouble for not keeping a closer on the 13 year old they are as much to blame as she is

Lisa Nickerson

The child shouldn't be in jail the parents should. They are failures at keeping their child in line. At 13 she shouldn't have the freedoms you'd give a 16 year old who is more aware and capable of making their own choices and accepting their consequences. I am not saying it is okay for a sixteen to get pregnant, but they know or at least should know the consequences of of what happens when you have sex. At 13 you its only been two to three years since you had sex ed and you haven't full grasped it, if your parents haven't helped you understand. My parents did and I made decisions that to this day my mom is proud of. I was not a mother then and still am not, wanting to find the right person to be a parent with. The thirteen year old girl needs to go to a responsible family member that will watch over as she deserves to be and her parents jailed as inadequacy parents that endangered their child and in extension are guilty of killing their grandchild.

nonmember avatar a

Yes she is 13 she knows the difference between right and wrong blah blah blah. She was a 13 year old who's parents had very high expectations for. She got good grades played sports the whole nine. So of course having to tell your parents something like that is by far one of the hardest things you could ever do trust me. She hid her whole pregnancy from everyone. Do I think she made the wrong decision of course, do I think she deserves to be charged with murder no. If she gets charges with murder every woman who decides to have an abortion shall also be charged with murder.

nonmember avatar Amanda

At thirteen I knew what sex was and the consequences of it as well. Unless this girl was raped, which I'm sure if she was the court will take that into consideration, she is fully responsible for the death of the baby. If you are old enough and think you are mature enough to have sex, them you know the consequences am you also know what murder is and that exactly what this girl did to her baby. Unless it was still born.

nonmember avatar Dee

Babies having babies. But need more information....does she or did she have a bf - baby daddy. Where are HER parents? Was the baby to term - healthy at time of birth or stillborn? Many questions arise from a 13 year old having a baby and burying it.

nonmember avatar a

Yes she is 13 she knows the difference between right and wrong blah blah blah. She was a 13 year old who's parents had very high expectations for. She got good grades played sports the whole nine. So of course having to tell your parents something like that is by far one of the hardest things you could ever do trust me. She hid her whole pregnancy from everyone. Do I think she made the wrong decision of course, do I think she deserves to be charged with murder no. If she gets charges with murder every woman who decides to have an abortion shall also be charged with murder.

Jeffery Marcum

The key question to ask is "Why?" Why is a 13-year-old giving birth? Why did the child die? Why was a 13-year-old allowed to keep her child, a child that she was too young to care for properly? And why are adults blaming a child mother, five years before the age of consent, for a newborn's death, when, at her age, the child may have died simply because the mother's body could not handle what was needed to care for the child? Even the most developed 13-year-old's body and mind are NOT ready for the strain of pregnancy, or of feeding the child afterwards.

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