LINCOLN, Neb. — The teenager who allegedly threw her newborn out of a second-floor apartment window Friday morning was charged as an adult in court Tuesday.
The sixteen-year-old is charged with felony child abuse resulting in death. Her bond was set at $500,000 of which she would need to pay 10 percent to make bail. The defense asked for 24/7 monitoring if she is released on bail. According to our sister station WOWT 6 News archives the teen has history as a runaway.
Her court appearance was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. No guardian was present at the time and the judge initially scheduled a continuance for Wednesday. She was back in court an hour later after a guardian arrived at the courthouse.
Police say the teenager had gone into labor in her bedroom, gave birth to a premature girl, weighing just two pounds, and threw the baby out of the window.
Officers called to the Kellom-Knolls Apartments near North 25th and Cuming streets found a woman holding and administering CPR to the infant in the parking lot of the complex shortly after 4 a.m.
The teen had told her mother what had occurred and the teen’s grandmother went outside and located the girl in the grass. She called 911.
Paramedics took over lifesaving efforts and took the baby to CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center where the girl was pronounced dead. The teenager was also taken to the hospital for treatment.