Contributed by Michelle St. Pierre
Antonia Lopez, 16, of Omaha, Nebraska has admitted to throwing her newborn baby out of a second-story window just moments after giving birth.
The Omaha World-Herald reported Wednesday that her case has been transferred to juvenile court.
Lopez gave birth in morning of Sept. 30. She reportedly told a police detective that she didn’t know she was pregnant and woke up in pain. She gave birth to the baby on the floor of her bedroom, then said she “panicked at that point and threw the baby out the window from her room,” according to Omaha Police Officer Chad Kavars, who interviewed Lopez.
Lopez then told her mother what she had done. Her mother found the baby, and called 911. The baby and Lopez were taken to the hospital, where the baby was pronounced dead.
Lopez’s boyfriend debunked the claim that she didn’t know she was pregnant. The couple started dating in January 2016, and the boyfriend reportedly claimed that he had told Lopez to tell her mother about the pregnancy and seek medical care, but she failed to do so. Text messages Lopez sent to her boyfriend while she was in labor confirmed that she knew she was about to give birth.
After she threw the baby out the window, she texted her boyfriend and said “It was a girl, by the way.”
Lopez was originally charged as an adult, but Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said his office agreed to move the case from district court to juvenile court after weighing Lopez’s lack of criminal record and her mental state.
“It’s a horrible case… terrible,” Kleine said of Lopez’s actions. “To me, after we looked into it, the way things happened, it didn’t seem to be anything you would label as an adult-specific act. It wasn’t a planned-out, thought-out process. It was more of a panicked reaction.”
Kleine said had Lopez remained in district court, she would have faced 20 years to life in prison. “She obviously has some issues that need to be dealt with,” Kleine said. “She needs help.”
Lopez faces a hearing on March 24, when a judge will decide what to do with her, reported the Omaha World Herald.
H/T: Omaha World Herald
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