4.23.15: White Cloud teen sentenced in abandoning newborn case
WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl who abandoned her baby after secretly giving birth has been sentenced to six months of probation in Newaygo County Family Court.
The teen was sentenced Wednesday, about a month after pleading no contest to fourth-degree child abuse. She initially was charged with second-degree child abuse and child abandonment following the July 28 birth.
Authorities say the girl gave birth near a fire pit outside her home and left the infant across the street in the grass. A resident in the girl’s White Cloud neighborhood found the newborn about five hours later.
Investigators found the teen, who admitted that the baby was hers.
The baby was placed in a temporary foster home, but the mother and father have said they want custody.