remember those moving billboards with aborted fetuses on them? maybe the pro-choice folks oughtta put together a media kit of teenagers and their murdered babies to pass out in front of the churches and people at the clinics protesting.
I don't think she should be coddled, or let off. But I don't think she should be tried as an adult. Interesting that legally she would not be able to get an abortion because 14 is considered too young to decide. A 14 year old's brain is not fully developed, there are numerous scientific articles which state this. That's why there are juvenile courts I thought. She could not have been thinking clearly-alone, delivering a 9.5 lb baby alone with scissors. And then to just leave the child there? If I didn't want to get caught I would have gotten rid of the body, not left it in my laundry.
Animosity, I remember those billboards, with a fetus and a caption saying "Mommy, please don't kill me". I was 9 and they scared the crap out of me.
Bail Hearing For Teen Charged in Baby's Death Set for Oct. 23
BARTOW | Lawyers for a 14-year-old Lakeland girl accused of strangling her newborn are requesting a hearing to get her out from behind bars.
Cassidy Goodson has remained in custody without bail since her arrest Sept. 27.
The girl's court-appointed lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Howardene Garrett, has filed a motion asking a judge to set bail. A hearing is set for Oct. 23.
Garrett wrote in her motion that her client is not a flight risk.
"(Goodson) is a full-time high school student," Garrett wrote. "She played softball in a summer league and has extensive ties to the Polk County community."
Donna Wood, a Polk County sheriff's spokeswoman, said Goodson is being kept at the Polk County Juvenile Detention Facility.
A grand jury indicted Goodson on Oct. 4 on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.
Deputies say the girl secretly gave birth on Sept. 19 to a 9.5-pound boy inside a bathroom.
The indictment does not identify the baby by any name but uses the words "Baby Goodson" to describe him.
The girl told investigators that she used a pair of scissors to pry the baby out and choked the baby for about a minute to stop his breathing.
Goodson's mother later found the dead baby in her daughter's bedroom inside a plastic bag that was hidden in a storage stool.
Goodson's lawyer also has filed another motion asking a judge to order detectives to preserve any records of their interrogation of Goodson, including their handwritten notes.
The motion states that the family's home was roped off as a crime scene, and Goodson was taken inside the house for about two to three hours for questioning without a parent present.
Goodson's parents could not go into the house without law enforcement permission, which was not allowed, the motion states.
This is so sad, she is just a baby herself. No way she should be tried as an adult. It's an awful thing she did but I can't imagine what she went through trying to hide this pregnancy because she was afraid to tell her parents and then the trauma of delivering the baby on her own in the bathroom with her mom in the home. Gah, I don't even know where to begin with this but yes, I blame the parents for their denial as well. This child was failed by every adult in her life who suspected she was pregnant and didn't reach out to help her.
Jeez, just cause I don't like brats yelling in a restaurant or drool on my pants, it doesn't mean I'm a monster!
How much time would a kid get for this shit though? There needs to be more than time served and probation.
She's being tried as an adult in FL, she could get life.
I hope they do a DNA test to make sure this other 14 year old really is the father. If he isn't it could explain the mothers complete denial, could be someone in the house? Why were no family members there for her in court? They are fucked.
She looks like a scared little kid to me in her mugshot.
I don't doubt something is seriously wrong in that house, but I suspect it's just perfectly legal negligence and intolerance. No one teaches this girl about sex, except maybe to stress their disappointment in her if she fails them.
I still cannot for the life of me grasp her logic.
I have seen the future and I'm fairly relieved to say, it looks nothing like me.
I agree. She looks mean.
No way, she doesnt look mean. She doesnt necessarily look like a little angel but she does look like a baby.
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