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A Nebraska Teenager Claimed She Needed Sanitary Pads for an ‘Unusually Large Period.’ Then, Her Parents Found a Dead Baby in Her Closet, Cops Say.

Nebraska Parents Allegedly Find Dead Baby in Teen's Closet: Police
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Baby found dead inside teen's closet, police said.

Nov. 15 2023, Published 10:01 a.m. ET

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A 16-year-old Nebraska girl was arrested and charged in connection with the death of her baby she allegedly fatally stabbed after giving birth, according to authorities.

On Nov. 6, police were called to a home in Gordon after receiving a report about a teenager who had given birth and the baby was not breathing, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Scottsbluff Star-Herald.

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At the scene, police said, the girl's father met with officers and claimed that the baby was stillborn and “it was too late.”

Police went into the girl’s bedroom and allegedly found the girl squatting by the door and her mother crying hysterically while holding the baby wrapped in a towel, the affidavit stated. The mother allegedly told police her daughter had hurt the baby and officers could see marks on the infant, according to the document.

An officer tried giving the baby first aid but saw the baby’s throat appeared to have been cut through the windpipe and the newborn stabbed multiple times on the left side of the chest, authorities said.

According to the parents, the girl had come to them earlier in the evening and said she needed to go to the store for sanitary pads because she was having an unusually large period. After the teen left, one of the family’s dogs went into the girl’s bedroom. The mother reportedly went in to retrieve the dog and found a large amount of blood on the floor and the wall, according to police.

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When the girl returned from the store about 15 to 20 minutes later, the mother confronted her daughter and the teen allegedly admitted to giving birth and killing the baby, court documents claimed. The mother then called for her husband, who found the baby’s body in the closet.

The parents told police they recalled their daughter going into the kitchen about an hour before she left for the store. With the cops present, the parents looked in one of the kitchen drawers and saw a knife was missing, authorities said.


Police searched the home and officers found blood-soaked clothing and towels. Later in the evening, police were called back to the home when the girl’s father found the missing knife in the girl’s closet, officials said.

It’s not clear if the girl’s parents knew she had been pregnant.

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The girl was transported to the hospital, where she reportedly underwent surgery, officials said.

She was charged with first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, according to authorities.

She was arraigned in court on Nov. 9 and ordered held without bond.


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