A Chicago teenager gave birth in her bedroom and tossed her newborn baby out of her eighth-floor window because she didn't want her parents to know she was pregnant, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Mubashra Uddin, 19, told police she panicked and threw her minutes-old baby girl out the window on Nov. 11 when she heard her mother approaching her bedroom. Uddin's parents are Pakistani and devout Muslims, and she told authorities she kept the pregnancy hidden from them because she feared their reaction.
The teenager said she hid her pregnancy from her parents by wearing baggy clothes, and delivered the child alone in the bedroom she shared with her younger sister. Only her boyfriend and another friend knew she was pregnant.
The baby, who was later called Baby Jane Uddin by authorities, landed in a grassy area outside the teenager's apartment building, the Tribune reported. A passerby found the baby, who was bloody and severely injured but still breathing, and asked building security to call police.
The baby, who weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, was pronounced dead at 12:55 a.m. at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, about an hour and a half after she was brought into the world, the Tribune said. Over the next few days, people built a makeshift memorial to the child, leaving flowers, stuffed animals and cards against a tree near the spot where the baby was discovered.
Although Uddin tried to hide her pregnancy from her parents, she wasn't successful hiding it from neighbors, who told arriving police they believed the teen was pregnant. Police, who realized Uddin's apartment was directly above the grassy spot where they'd found the baby, searched the apartment and found bloody sheets, bloody scissors, and blood in the bathroom and bedroom, according to the Tribune.
Uddin was charged with first-degree murder, a felony, and was ordered held without bail by a Cook County Court Judge. She wasn't present for her arraignment because she remained hospitalized, the newspaper said.