Counselors to help cope with baby's death

April 3, 2008 8:02:20 AM PDT
The investigation into a bathroom birth and subsequent baby death at a Baytown junior high school continues. Extra counselors will be at Cedar Bayou Junior High School today to help students cope with the news that a classmate may have tried to flush her baby down the toilet.

Police say the girl gave birth around 10:45am yesterday. A fellow student notified the school nurse that the teenager needed help. By the time paramedics arrived, the baby was pronounced dead.

Authorities say the 14-year-old girl went into the Baytown school bathroom and gave birth to a nearly full term baby. Police say she tried to flush the baby down the toilet. The newborn did not survive.

The school district tells us no one even realized the 8th grader was pregnant. The district says it does offer an abstinence based sex education curriculum to students.

A brief announcement was made for students and a letter was sent home. School officials say they will have additional counselors on hand. They add that there is already a process in place to help students.

Goose Creek ISD spokesperson Kathy Claussen said, "We want the parents know as much as we can about what happened. We are just going to work on students on a one on one basis."

The girl is being examined at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown.

The baby's body has been sent to the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office, where an autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the cause and manner of death. Authorities did not immediately release the gender of the baby.

Baytown police are treating this as a homicide investigation. A decision will come later on whether to file any charges.

Just this Sunday, a cleaning crew found a dead fetus in the trash can of a bathroom on board an airplane at Bush Airport. An autopsy ruled the fetus was stillborn.

The district attorney has decided not to file charges against the 14-year-old mother in that case. The teenager told police she didn't realize she was pregnant.

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