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Another teen kills baby Taryn - Anya's mommy 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Toronto, Ontario 49462 posts
25th Apr '12

and this time its in my hometown, so sad, especially since they determined he was healthy



http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=381427



A 16-year-old Greenwich Township girl has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of her newborn son who drowned in a bathtub after she delivered the healthy infant in her family's home Jan. 9.



State police arrested Angela A. Lightcap of the 100 block of Creek Road on March 5. She has been held in the Berks County Youth Center since her arraignment before District Judge Kim Bagenstose, Hamburg, to await a hearing.



In addition to criminal homicide, she was charged with concealing the death of a child.



District Attorney John T. Adams said Monday that officials waited for a pathologist's report before filing the charges.



Lightcap is charged as an adult, but Adams said he anticipates the public defender's office will file a motion to have the case heard in juvenile court.



He said his office and the public defender's office have each hired experts to investigate if the case should be heard in juvenile court.



Troopers did not announce the arrest.



According to court papers available Monday:



Lightcap, who concealed her pregnancy, gave birth to a healthy 7-pound boy. She cut the umbilical cord with scissors and put him in a bathtub while she washed herself and him, causing him to drown.



Shortly after getting out of the tub, she noticed the baby wasn't breathing. She wrapped the infant in a bed sheet and put him in a trash can.



About 5 p.m., Lightcap was taken by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown for bleeding. Hospital officials contacted state police after an examination revealed that Lightcap had been concealing the birth of a child.



A trooper interviewed Lightcap with a nurse present and she at first denied being pregnant. She later said she had a miscarriage and flushed the fetus down the toilet.



However, a hospital nurse doubted that account, indicating that a baby was too large to be flushed down the toilet.



Interviewed at the hospital, Lightcap's mother, Debra A. Angstadt, told investigators she did not know her daughter was pregnant.



She said she received a telephone call between 1 and 1:30 p.m. from her son who said his sister was in the bathroom for four hours. When she left the bathroom, he saw blood throughout the bathroom and a trail to her bedroom.



Angstadt called her daughter and the teen said she had vomited blood but was fine.



Trooper Frank Debellis found the baby covered by a plastic bag in a trash can in the teen's bedroom.



Deputy Coroner Kurt Katzenmoyer pronounced the baby dead early the next morning.



On Jan. 11, two days after giving birth, Lightcap told troopers that she knew she had been pregnant since late last spring. She hid the pregnancy from her family and friends and the baby's biological father.



She said she went into labor in the bathroom about 9 a.m.



Dr. Supriya Kuruvilla, a Reading Hospital pathologist, determined the gestational age to be about nine months. Kuruvilla determined the baby drowned. The position of the baby in the tub contributed to his not being able to breathe.



The coroner's office ruled the death a homicide.

Phallus Cranium cocksuck, LA, Sri Lanka 108769 posts
status 25th Apr '12

wow :cry:

Ryleigh's Mama ♥ 17 kids; West Virginia 10703 posts
25th Apr '12

:shock::(



that's disturbing.

Taryn - Anya's mommy 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Toronto, Ontario 49462 posts
25th Apr '12
Quoting .Colleen.:" wow :cry: "

I know, an old classmate of mine was bitching about news reporters being outside her oldest child's school on FB, and I know her kid goes to the same high school we did, so I asked her what was going on, and she PM'd me the story

sooletsunwind 1 child; Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1065 posts
25th Apr '12

That's so sad. I wonder why she hid it from everyone....she could've given it up for adoption. :?

momto1stepto2 3 kids; 3 angel babies; Martinsville, Illinois 11347 posts
25th Apr '12

that is messed up ugh i just want to say that stuff like this make me so mad cause of us mamas out there that have medical reason (i had to get fixed it was so bad) that can't have anymore children and girls do stuff like this just put the baby up for adoption ugh

Her mama his wife TTC since Nov 2010; 1 child; Puerto Rico 6237 posts
25th Apr '12

How freaking insane and sad

user banned 2 kids; North Carolina 7623 posts
25th Apr '12

That is so sad. :( I just want to know what the fuck was she thinking.

thechelseamonster 2 kids; Colorado 29568 posts
25th Apr '12

These stories make me so sad.
A friend of mine did something similar in high school, except that she thought the baby was stillborn.



http://www.nbc11news.com/mobi?storyid=70621787



Shit's heartbreaking. :(

Phallus Cranium cocksuck, LA, Sri Lanka 108769 posts
status 25th Apr '12
Quoting I LIKE TO MOVE IT!!:" that is messed up ugh i just want to say that stuff like this make me so mad cause of us mamas out there ... [snip!] ... get fixed it was so bad) that can't have anymore children and girls do stuff like this just put the baby up for adoption ugh "


When its a teen, its not quite as simple as that

Not condoning what she did.

Taryn - Anya's mommy 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Toronto, Ontario 49462 posts
25th Apr '12
Quoting I LIKE TO MOVE IT!!:" that is messed up ugh i just want to say that stuff like this make me so mad cause of us mamas out there ... [snip!] ... get fixed it was so bad) that can't have anymore children and girls do stuff like this just put the baby up for adoption ugh "

I know, her mom didn't even know she was pregnant, I am thinking how could she not know, but you never know, and this is what makes me thankful that my 14 yr old is honest with me about everything. I told her if she ever got in that position that she could come to me, and with things she has already told me, I am sure she will.

Dragon Queen Salem, OR, United States 9910 posts
25th Apr '12

Woah! That's intense. How sad though not just for the infant but that girl, she hid the pregnancy and gave birth on her own then she placed the baby in the tub to drown? I wonder if she meant to drown the child or was all screwed up from everything that she was oblivious? And then putting the child in her bedroom trash can? WTF?

Satan 5 kids; Satans Kingdom, Vermont 114758 posts
25th Apr '12

That poor girl.



She's young..and probably scared to death. She didn't kill the baby on purpose.



So ..my sympathy lies with her. She'll be demonized now. :(
She shouldn't be charged as an adult. She shouldn't be charged with murder.



Maybe manslaughter ( is that what they're charging her with?)
she's a child. She'd just given birth AS a child TO a child ...she was probably a bit in shock, too. Gah.

Squid Kid Unavailable, NA, United States 32450 posts
25th Apr '12
Quoting sooletsunwind:" That's so sad. I wonder why she hid it from everyone....she could've given it up for adoption. :?"


Because then she'd have to tell someone.

Taryn - Anya's mommy 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Toronto, Ontario 49462 posts
25th Apr '12
Quoting Satan:" That poor girl. She's young..and probably scared to death. She didn't kill the baby on purpose. So ... [snip!] ... charging her with?) she's a child. She'd just given birth AS a child TO a child ...she was probably a bit in shock, too. Gah."

I am not sure, I am going to look on the other local newspaper