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Teen Charged With Killing Her Newborn Son

This story is not only local, but heartbreaking on so many levels.  :( 

As a parent we never would want to think our child would be in such a situation but if you see your child with physical changes, please investigate.

Tags: 14, Cassidy, Goodson, Lakeland, baby, charged, hid, killed, large, miscarriage, More…murder, pregnancy, secret, strangle, teen

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I was just about to post this when I saw you beat me to it.

This story makes me literally sick to my stomach. I have a four year old and I am pregnant now with my second.  I can not imagine staring at a newborn baby, or any child for that matter, and watching them die by my own hand. It's sickening.

Another thing I wonder about, what the hell was the girls mother DOING?! I mean, really. She let her take a pregnancy test on her own, and didn't bother to check the results, because she wanted to "protect her privacy"?? Are you kidding me? If I suspected my daughter was pregnant, you better believe that I would check the results to that test! Forget her privacy! She's 14 years old and has been having sex obviously... you're darn right I'd be in the bathroom while she took the test. I'd be taking her to the doctor, too! This is just unreal, pathetic, and SO sad.

This young lady made a bad choice of methods and location. In Illinois, if in the right location "medical facility"  and method "left to die of exposure" on a cold hard stainless steel gurney. This child, I mean fetus, I mean born lump of tissue that has all the componets to grow up into mature adult human, can be dispatched legally.

One must always be aware of choice.  The choice of the right location, and method.  Then a healthy human child can just be left to die of exposure. If a millisecond sooner, while technically a fetus by seconds, shears can be used, if in an approved location.

All legal. All accepted in polite society. Killing.  Opps!  I mean "dispatching" can be legal if decreed by official government rulings. What once was, is not. Must have a score card now, to know what is moral and a just human activity. No absolutes. No firm standards. No honor of the human, beyond that of self and immediate family, if that.

Grannies, your next.

 

Infanticide is horrible, but I just feel ill for the girl. Can you imagine being 14 years old and pregnant, with no familial support and no hope? We all know that postpartum depression is a powerful thing, and a child with no education in the matter would have limited coping mechanisms to handle such a terrible situation. On top of this, we have no idea if there was any sort of abuse involved. Before we all go on a witch hunt, we should consider the unknown variables.  It's easy to make a quick judgment, but we should remember that two lives were lost here, not just one.

Also, and I just thought of this, can you imagine passing an almost 10 pound infant through your not-even-close-to-being-fully-developed pelvis with no pain relief and not a soul to coach you through? That would be mentally, physically and emotionally devastating.

Janice C Cook said:

 

Infanticide is horrible, but I just feel ill for the girl. Can you imagine being 14 years old and pregnant, with no familial support and no hope? We all know that postpartum depression is a powerful thing, and a child with no education in the matter would have limited coping mechanisms to handle such a terrible situation. On top of this, we have no idea if there was any sort of abuse involved. Before we all go on a witch hunt, we should consider the unknown variables.  It's easy to make a quick judgment, but we should remember that two lives were lost here, not just one.

What is wrong with people in this world? I mean seriously! I do believe her mother should be locked up as well as her. This is one of the most disturbing article i have read.How is it possible that for one her mother didn't know she was pregnant and for two for her mother not to hear her having the baby over running water? I have a 1 year old son and couldnt image life with out him or harming him in any way. Also i am pregnant with a little girl and when she does reach the age of 14 she will have some privacy but theres a fine line between privacy and not raising your child and teaching them right from wrong.

 I don't understand how parents 'didn't know'. I became pregnant at the age of 13.  Outsiders couldn't tell, they just thought I had big boobs.  My Mom knew something was up and got me help.  Then she and the rest of my family asked what I wanted and I said it was my body and my baby.  They were all supportive and helpfull.  I didn't 'show' until 39 weeks.  I gave birth at 42 weeks and it only took 6 hours.  I was then 14 and gave birth to a beautiful 7lb 2oz baby girl without pain meds.  I am pleased to say my baby is now 13 and doing great.  Adoption nor abortion were an option for me and I was lucky to have support. I wonder why this kid didn't talk to her mom or anyone and felt this was her only option.  It's sad.

Thank you Linnea for giving us a first hand perspective and I admire you for your choice.  It could not have been easy, but like you said with support it was manageable. 

 

As for this article, it makes me sick on so many levels.  In today's society with all of the choices one could make to feel that is your only option is sad.  I am not excusing her behavior she has to face her consequences and my heart aches for that little baby boy.  I'm also with those who have a lot of unanswered questions.  How did she end up pregnant, with consent and how old is the father?  Abuse?  How could the mother not know?  What was the family home life to lead to this decision?  We will probably never know.  

It just makes me sad. Maybe I should be angry, but all I feel is sad. It's awful that she felt she had no choice but to kill that baby - maybe she panicked, maybe she planned it - who knows. So many people would've taken it in and loved it unconditionally. It's awful she gave birth in a bathroom, alone... at 14. It's awful she felt she had no one she could talk to and confide in. On so many levels I feel she was failed and that baby was failed. My heart is heavy with this story and if by the story coming out if one other family is helped than maybe that baby won't have died in vain.

I couldn't agree more with your statement that this young girl was failed by others. So many want to place the blame on her mother. Fine. Double fine. But could we not say that her mother MORE than likely was failed also, at some point in the past and possibly the present.

So we start that line of fault displacement. But most of all, shielding ME, YOU and the rest of THOSE in society that tend to take the easy way out in most aspect of OUR life, and those CLOSE to us, and even those DISTANT. 

My point is, is that this young girl did not live in vacumn. Neither did her apparently clueless and less involved parent of a young daughter. Just where do WE fit into the picture? We are to assume that we are guiltless in all this? Really? Like this is the only disfunctional event we are aware of?

Standards!!!!

If we failed to set them, I guess we will never failed them.

The problem with our culture the last two generations, is that we have been conditioned to be careful in mentioning or setting standards. Because we will be deem to be Hypocrites, when we failed. Which we most surely will, given that we are fallabile human beings.

Standards protect us. Protect me. Protect our familes.

So many of us, view the carnage of the "many" around us. Like viewing a train wreck. So smug and satisified, that our problems are not those problems.

But those problems will be ours. Fenced in and gated communites only protect marginally, while we're inside. But that trip into the real world will expose all of us, and our children and those we love to the dangers that are growing daily.

Man is nothing but a mass to be satisified. No code of conduct. No concrete morality. A time, tempoary to grab all one can in happiness. Nothing to live for, beyond pleasure. Nothing to die for.

 

 


 
Alicia (Alsan) said:

It just makes me sad. Maybe I should be angry, but all I feel is sad. It's awful that she felt she had no choice but to kill that baby - maybe she panicked, maybe she planned it - who knows. So many people would've taken it in and loved it unconditionally. It's awful she gave birth in a bathroom, alone... at 14. It's awful she felt she had no one she could talk to and confide in. On so many levels I feel she was failed and that baby was failed. My heart is heavy with this story and if by the story coming out if one other family is helped than maybe that baby won't have died in vain.

A 14 year old's brain is far from developed - they have very poor reasoning, logic, and ability to think ahead.  Her urge to hide the evidence and move on as if nothing happened is like a child stuffing their mess under the bed and pronouncing their room clean...it ceases to exist for them at that point.  Granted, a 14 year old should be better than that, but just because your body is 14 doesn't mean your mind is.  

I put a lot of blame on the mother...she failed miserably as a parent.  I''m so sick of parents trying to be their child's friend.

I told my husband yesterday that the safe haven posters that are all over the hospital bathrooms (where it states that a newborn can be dropped off at any hospital, fire or police station in the first 72 hours of life with ZERO questions or reprecussions) should be in every restroom in every middle and high school  If one poster saved one baby, it would be worth it.

Mom: Teen Didn't Know of Pregnancy

The mother of the teenage girl who admitted to killing her newborn speaks out, as well as additional details, can be found at the above link. 

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