A 16-year-old girl is accused of throwing her newborn baby out of the second-story window of her apartment on Sept. 30.
Antonia Lopez of Omaha, Nebraska, was booked into a juvenile detention facility the following day, reports the Omaha World-Herald. She will be charged as an adult with felony child abuse resulting in death.
The infant’s sex, cause of death and the length of time the teen was pregnant have not been made public. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine stated, “The child wasn’t a stillborn ... To be booked on that count, the child would have had to have been born alive.”
When Lopez’s mother found the infant in the grass outside their apartment, she called 911 and performed CPR until paramedics and police arrived. Paramedics reported the baby was dead on arrival at the hospital.
At 3:40 a.m. on that morning, about 30 minutes before police were called, Lopez posted on Facebook, “Who can do me a huge favor and has a car?” Three crying emoji faces followed the request.
Lopez's grandfather, John Barcelona, told KETV he had no idea his granddaughter was pregnant, reports the Daily Mail. “She looked like she was well underweight more than anything else, I would've never dreamed that she was pregnant,” he said. “In my head, I just can't believe it, I can't believe it.” Police say that Lopez told her mother what she had done, but it is not known whether or not her mother knew she was pregnant.
Infanticide -- the killing of a child within a year of birth -- is surprisingly common throughout history, with poverty being the most common reason for disposing of unwanted children. According to Larry S. Milner, author of "Hardness of Heart, Hardness of Life: The Stain of Human Infanticide," as many as 10-15 percent of all children born have been killed by their parents.
Milner notes, “Statistically, the United States ranks high on the list of countries whose inhabitants kill their children. For infants under the age of one year, the American homicide rate is 11th in the world.” He adds, “Most of the murders today are committed with the use of the mother's hands, either by strangulation or physical punishment.”