Another sad chapter in
The prosecution has not yet decided if the Baytown, TX girl—her age is undisclosed due to her age— will be charged as a juvenile or an adult. If she is convicted as an adult, she faces life in prison without the possibility for parole. And under
The girl’s attorney, Gerald Yoakum, insists that she did not even know that she was pregnant and that she only saw “blood and goo” from the placenta and umbilical cord when in the bathroom. We have heard this defense before and, if true, it speaks to a frightening lack of education and/or perception in some of our young people. It also counters the mental state of “intent” which is an element of the crime that the prosecutor will have to prove. However, not knowing she was pregnant leading up to that moment certainly does not justify the actions that followed. The investigation has revealed that the baby cried at least once before he died.
It is difficult to imagine the circumstances that led the teenaged girl to her current situation. As her attorney said, "Please remember that this is a 14-year-old child who has experienced a tragic event." This is undoubtedly true, but it remains to be seen if the legal court (or the court of public opinion) places its sympathies with the girl.