A 16-year-old Nebraska teen was arrested earlier this week after allegedly stabbing and murdering her newborn.
The teen, identified on the Sheridan County Court docket as Chloe D. Coplen Anderson, was charged as an adult on two counts: first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
Authorities responded to a call on Monday of a juvenile who had given birth at home, and that the baby wasn’t breathing.
According to an affidavit obtained by NTV News, the responding officer heard the teen’s mother yelling that her daughter had hurt the baby, referred to as a boy. The officer reported finding the baby with its throat slit and bearing multiple stab wounds around its body.
The affidavit further reported that the child was discovered hidden in an empty plastic dog food bag and a trash bag, covered by clothes in his teen mother’s closet. The teen reportedly admitted to the murder of her child, per the mother’s account to police.
“[She said] it was dead, that she killed it,” said the teen’s mother.
Sheridan County Attorney Jamian Simmons confirmed in a statement submitted to ChadonRadio that they believe the teen committed the murder.
“[After] subsequent investigation, it is believed that a 16-year-old female gave birth at home to an infant and is alleged to have intentionally killed the infant by inflicting multiple stab wounds,” stated Simmons.
Anderson’s next court hearing is scheduled for November 16 at 1:30 p.m. Her case number is CR230000392.
There have been several high-profile cases of teenage mothers allegedly killing their children this year.
In July, a 17-year-old Florida mother allegedly put a lethal dose of fentanyl in her baby’s bottle. The Nassau County teen claimed she thought she put cocaine, not fentanyl, in the bottle.
In September, an 18-year old Utah mother was arrested after allegedly killing her premature baby.
Arguably one of the more high-profile cases occurred at the start of this year.
19-year-old Alexee Trevizo, a senior in high school at the time, gave birth in a hospital bathroom in January and allegedly put her child in the trash, where the baby died. Trevizo claimed to police that her child was stillborn. The New Mexico teenager was arrested for first-degree murder in May.
An autopsy of the newborn declared homicide to be the cause of death.
During a pre-trial hearing in August, Trevizo asked for permission to attend New Mexico State University (NMSU) in person while awaiting trial. The judge granted Treviso permission to do so. Additionally, despite prosecutors’ opposition to pretrial release, the judge also granted Trevizo permission to attend prom, walk in her high school graduation, and spend the summer in Texas with her grandparents.
A petition created in August for NMSU to retract Trevizo’s admission has nearly 28,000 signatures.