Janitor Finds Baby's Body in High School Bathroom

Teen mom's parents say she's a sexual assault victim
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2016 11:37 AM CST
Janitor Finds Baby's Body in High School Bathroom
This photo shows South Houston High School in Texas.   (Wikimedia)

The parents of a 16-year-old girl in Texas say she's recovering at home after giving birth in a high school bathroom. A janitor found a baby's body in a bathroom at South Houston High School around 9pm on Wednesday and school officials used surveillance footage to identify the mother, who was then given medical care, reports KHOU. The mother of the teen says neither she nor her daughter were aware of the pregnancy, which the mother suspects is the product of a relationship the girl had with a 23-year-old man who was subsequently reported to police.

Their daughter and the man ran away together in August after meeting at a party; the girl returned home two days later and her parents filed a police complaint. Houston police say a sexual assault investigation remains open in that case. Some media outlets, including ABC 13, reported that the baby was stillborn, citing a Pasadena School District rep. However, "we do not know the gestational age of the fetus or whether the baby was born alive or not," a rep tells the Houston Chronicle. Police say the teen could face charges depending on the results of an autopsy. (More Texas stories.)

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