Woman Who Killed Newborn Tries to Blame It on Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Unfortunately, there is no shortage of stories of women who abandon or kill their newborns. Some women just don't want to be a mother, don't want a baby for a variety of reasons, and they take the most horrific way out of it. But you always wonder how they managed to cover up a pregnancy for nine months. Some women just don't show very much. Others wear baggy clothes. Others, well, others come up with totally bizarre excuses as to why they suddenly look pregnant -- such as 25-year-old Courtney Kathleen Addington. She hid her pregnancy by telling friends and family members that her big belly was the result of irritable bowel syndrome! If only it stopped there.

Courtney tragically went on to kill her baby -- stuffing her in a plastic bag and keeping her under her bed until she stopped breathing. She has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

After giving birth to a baby girl in her bedroom of her family home in Rosemont, California, Courtney was bleeding profusely, so her father rushed her to the hospital. Sticking with her irritable bowel syndrome story, Courtney explained away her intense bleeding by telling doctors she'd just had a large bowel movement!

The staff, however, were not fooled and determined that she had just given birth. I can't imagine how she thought that excuse was going to work.

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But that's not the end of the irritable bowel syndrome defense. Courtney still refuses to admit that she knew she was pregnant and maintains that she honestly DID think she had irritable bowel syndrome, and that when she gave birth, she passed out from the pain and wrapped the baby up in a plastic bag thinking what came out of her wasn't a baby but a bloody stool!

Maybe this is what happens when teachers get in trouble for using the word vagina.

I know nothing of Courtney's education or upbringing, but is it possible she was raised so ignorant of sexual reproductive issues -- the birds and bees and babies -- that she didn't know what being pregnant was or even what she gave birth to?!

Seems highly unlikely -- and the jury clearly didn't buy it. Especially not since Courtney reportedly did Internet searches on "signs of labor" and "water breakage." And that she had already aborted a pregnancy.

Her family, however, continues to support her.

Do you think irritable bowel syndrome and giving birth to a baby could be confused??


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Graca... Gracalynsmom

Of course not, you can't poop through your vagina!

nonmember avatar Lindsey

I'm going to be honest here, after I gave birth to my first I gave birth to a turd 20 days later so on some level I can understand that something so massive coming out of an opening so close to another could be confusing among the severely ignorant ... that being said there is NO way she was unaware that her bowel movement was a baby, NO WAY!

nonmember avatar Lindsey

And if she did confuse her fetus for a huge turd... who hides that and keeps it under their bed???

EmilyH87 EmilyH87

Looking at her, it doesn't look like all the lights are on upstairs, but she knew exactly what happened and what she was doing. Sick woman. 

kenle... kenleymom

IBS is caused when your colon doesn't work completely. So to help it along you eat a lot of FIBER. The stomach craps that go along with it......feel nothing like labor pains! She was trying to get away with it. And if her stomach was swollen enough to look pregnant she had some major issues that could have caused major infection. With that said.....she wasn't the only one not using her brain!

Vanessa Poholek Fasanella

This is what happens when you combine mental illness, poor family communication dynamics, and teaching children abstinence-only sexual health education. If you don't teach children about everything that sex includes, and that there are contraceptives and morning-after medications available, this is what happens. Shame + rage + mental illness = death (for the baby). A damned shame, and 100% preventable.

Renah Renah

She need's to be sentenced to life in prison or a mental facility!

PooBearr PooBearr

That's total BS and I hope she dies from some kind of problem for aborting then killing babies. How disgusting. Humans like her still need to be tortured or stoned to death, and they should get their LIFE taken or spend LIFE in a small cell only getting enough food/water to survive. 25 years isn't CRAP. That baby girl could have lived 80!!!!!!!! How horrible. I can't wait until this disgusting crappy world is over with!

Tracey Roloff

that is such a lie and crazy! she is heartless and needs to pay the price.. lucky we cant put her in a bag and shove her under a bed. 

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