A Nebraska teenager who was charged with the death of her baby will not serve jail time. The judge in her case did, however, order her to delete her Facebook account.
Antonia Lopez, 16, was charged as an adult in October 2016 with felony child abuse resulting in death for allegedly throwing her newborn baby out of a second-story window. After the case was transferred to juvenile court in February, Lopez will serve community service, live in a group home and undergo therapy, be placed on probation, and delete her Facebook account, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Douglas County Juvenile Court Judge Christopher Kelly said that he wasn't sure anyone ever moves on from an incident like this.
The judge ordered Lopez to delete her Facebook because she has received negative comments from people around the U.S. after news of the incident went public, New York Daily News reports.
In February, Lopez reportedly admitted that she threw her newborn baby out of the window. Afterwards, her mother is reported to have found the baby outside and performed CPR on the child until paramedics and police arrived on the scene.
"It was a girl by the way," wrote Lopez in a Snapchat message to her boyfriend. An autopsy revealed later that the child, who was reported to be 14 inches long and weigh 2 pounds, had been born prematurely, seven months into Lopez's pregnancy.
The autopsy also revealed that the newborn girl had suffered bleeding around her brain, skull, abdomen and spine -- a detail which the pathologist said indicated that there had been a heartbeat, reportedly proving that the baby had not been stillborn.
According to Lopez's account to a police detective, the teen hadn't known that she was pregnant and woke up to pain in the middle of the night. She said she put a towel down in her room because she thought she was having her period.
Lopez's boyfriend reportedly told a police officer that Lopez had known that she was pregnant, and that he had told her to tell her mother about the baby and to see a doctor, but that she refused.
Deputy Douglas County Attorney Jennifer Chrystal-Clark had called for Lopez to be placed in a group home, arguing that Lopez and her family did not fully understand the severity of the situation.
However, Lopez's defense attorney Rebecca McClung countered that Lopez had understood what happened, arguing that the teenager thought her baby was stillborn.
"To say she doesn’t understand is disingenuous. She understands," said McClung. "She’s coping the best she can. The mother is coping the best she can. The grandmother is coping the best she can."
Lopez will reportedly remain at the Douglas County Youth Center until officials find a group home to take her. The search has reportedly been difficult, since many group homes see taking Lopez in as a risk, a concern that her defense attorney says is unfounded.