A Nebraska teenager managed to avoid time behind bars after killing her newborn baby girl by throwing her from a second story window.
The Omaha World-Herald reports Douglas County Juvenile Court Judge Christopher Kelly ordered 16-year-old Antonia Lopez to delete her Facebook account, live in a group home, start individual and family therapy, and perform 50 hours of community service as punishment for killing her baby.
The judge made it clear she will not face jail time.
Reports indicated Lopez gave birth to a girl in her apartment on Sep. 30 and then threw the baby out of her apartment window. Shortly thereafter, the teen mom called her own mother to tell her what she had done.
The baby was taken to Creighton University Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. According to the Herald, the autopsy showed the baby suffered bleeding near her brain, skull, abdomen and spine and was alive before being thrown out of the window.
Lopez initially faced 20 years to life in prison after being charged as an adult, but Judge Kelly moved her case to juvenile court after considering her mental state and lack of a criminal record. Lopez’s defense attorney, Rebecca McClung said Lopez did have one theft charge on her record.
“She’s coping the best she can,” McClung told reporters. “The mother is coping the best she can. The grandmother is coping the best she can.”
The court ordered Lopez to live in a group home because it is not certain whether the teen or her family fully comprehend the severity of her actions.
H/T: Omaha World Herald
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