Austell, Ga. - A 13-year-old mother is facing murder charges after the death of her new born child. The baby was found in the woods behind the girl's Mableton apartment.
Cobb police found the dead infant, which they say had been carried to term, inside a shoe box hidden under some leaves in the woods behind the Sierra Forest Apartments on Wednesday night.
They charged the teen mother who lives in the complex on Thursday. According to Cobb County Police Officer Mike Bowman, the teen faces adult counts of felony murder, first degree child cruelty and concealing a death. Police have not released the 13-year-old's name.
A neighbor who didn't want to be identified says her children go to middle school with the mother and 14-year-old father. The woman says kids in the community told her that the teen knew about the pregnancy, but that the girl's parents did not, saying the young teen was afraid to tell her parents.
The 14-year-old father doesn't face any charges at this time. The investigation continues, and an autopsy is scheduled to determine a cause of death. The neighbor was heartbroken about what happened.
"They're both good kids," said the neighbor.
Georgia is a "safe haven" state, which by law allows a mother to leave a newborn within seven days of birth at a fire station, a hospital, a clinic or a school nurse and not face any charges.