LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) – Polk County Sheriff's detectives have charged a 14-year-old girl with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse for allegedly choking her newborn baby to death.
The girl, who was not named by authorities, was arrested Thursday night.
Detectives say the girl hid her pregnancy from her family. She gave birth to a boy in the bathroom of her home on Sept. 19, then told detectives that she choked the baby and put him in a shoe box.
The girl's mother found the baby in the box, hidden in some laundry.