16-year-old Nebraska girl charged with murder in stabbing death of newborn

The 16-year-old girl is being held without bond and due back in court on Thursday.
Published: Nov. 13, 2023 at 12:38 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 13, 2023 at 5:18 PM CST
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GORDON, Neb. (KOLN) - A 16-year-old Nebraska girl is charged with first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony after allegedly stabbing her newborn to death, according to Gordon Police.

WARNING: Details of the story may be disturbing.

On Nov. 6, a Gordon Police officer went to the home following a report that a teenage girl had given birth and the baby was not breathing. According to the arrest warrant, the father of the teen girl met the officer at the door and told him the child was stillborn, and “it was too late.”

The officer went into a bedroom and found a teen girl squatting by the door and the girl’s mother holding an infant wrapped in a towel. The girl’s mother was reportedly hysterically crying and kept saying “she hurt him,” referring to her daughter hurting the baby and said “you can see the marks.”

Court documents reveal the officer saw the child’s throat had been cut through the wind pipe and there were multiple stab wounds on the left side of the chest. The officer started CPR until EMS arrived and took over.

The girl’s parents told the officer they saw their daughter open a drawer that normally contained a boning knife. The officer searched the drawer and noted that the knife was missing.

Officers were called to the home later after the girl’s father said he found the knife wrapped in a coat and hidden in a container in her closet. The officer said the knife had blood on the blade and handle and it was sent off to a lab for further testing.

The 16-year-old girl is being held without bond and due back in court on Thursday.

correction: This story has been corrected to indicate one of the witnesses at the home is the teenage girl's father, not the newborn's father.

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