Court Docs Show Teens Related In Stillborn Case 3-29-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Court Docs Show Teens Related In Stillborn Case 3-29-2011

TV5 has new details about the home life of a young mother just after she gave birth.
An autopsy shows the baby boy was stillborn, and now we've learned the 13-year-old girl and the baby's presumed 16-year-old father were related and living under the same roof, a home officials say was not fit to be lived in.
Authorities released the findings of the autopsy conducted on Tuesday.
Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said the case is no longer a homicide investigation. The 16-year-old has been charged with one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in the pregnancy of the 13-year-old girl, whose newborn son was found dead in a friend's attic.
"We still have to look into this, whether there's been a troubled home life, whether there's not been decent conditions to live in," said Hanson. "Social services is involved. We're going to look into this."
The Port Hope teen will not be charged as an adult, the Huron County prosecutor said.
TV5 reporter Liz Gelardi also discovered that the Department of Human Services had been called to the home before. The 16-year-old went before a judge to face the charges. The judge asked the teen about the conditions in his home. The teen said the house has been without running water and electricity for more than a year.
The teen’s attorney did most of the talking and a plea of mute was entered on his behalf. The judge placed the teen into the state’s care until his next court appearance, and he’s been ordered not to have any contact with the victim.
“The goal and objective in juvenile proceedings is always to treat the individual and find out what is the issue and then treat them,” said Huron County Prosecutor Tim Rutkowski. The 16-year-old will be back in court in two weeks for a pretrial hearing.
The newborn's body was found by authorities Sunday, after they spoke with the mother at an area hospital. After the girl sought treatment, the medical staff determined that she had given birth.
The Port Hope girl hadn't told anyone she was pregnant. She was staying with a friend over the weekend.
Authorities said they began investigating Saturday night after being called to a local hospital for a criminal sexual conduct complaint.
A physician determined the girl's medical problems were the result of a pregnancy, but police say she hadn't told anyone and no one had suspected her of being pregnant.
Investigators said the 16-year-old told them about an incident last summer involving the girl.
Hanson says authorities aren't sure if the boy knew of her pregnancy.
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