Teen mother spins convoluted baby death tale


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Jun 3, 2003
Teen mother spins convoluted baby death tale
Melbourne Herald Sun |
"A family dog killed a teenager's baby after the girl gave birth in her backyard, an inquest heard today. Despite suffering severe stomach pain for several days, the 14-year-old girl did not realise she was pregnant and did not know she was giving birth, the Victorian Coroner's Court heard. The girl told police she felt the family dog pull something from between her legs as she lay in pain on the ground of her Ballarat backyard in the early hours of May 11 last year. Detective Sergeant Stephen McIntyre said the Year 10 student said she was pinned beneath a shopping trolley full of car parts at the time, having knocked it over after going outside in distress... A search of the family home later that day found the body of the baby, posthumously named Caitlyn, in the fridge and a placenta wrapped in clothes in the girl's bedroom. A post-mortem examination found the baby was born alive but died of about 25 injuries consistent with dog bites. Det Sgt McIntyre said the girl's family and friends had no idea she had fallen pregnant after a month-long sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy the previous year."