17-year-old girl arrested in Madera, accused of killing newborn baby

02/05/2014 8:25 PM

02/05/2014 8:26 PM

A teenage girl has been arrested on suspicion of killing her newborn girl after the child was found wrapped in plastic and stuffed in a bathroom cabinet, the Madera County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

The 17-year-old girl, whose name was not released, showed up at an area hospital last Friday, where doctors discovered she was suffering from postpartum bleeding, the sheriff's office said.

The girl denied giving birth, and because of a language barrier -- she speaks Mixteco Bajo, a dialect spoken in Oaxaca, Mexico -- it took doctors and deputies hours to learn where she lived.

Deputies went to the home on Chapin Street near Avenue 16 in Madera, where a resident allowed them to search it.

When deputies found the infant, they returned to the hospital and confronted the mother, who admitted giving birth but insisted the child was born dead.

Autopsy results show the baby was delivered alive and then killed, the sheriff's office said. The cause of death was not released.

The girl, who comes from a village in Oaxaca, Mexico, arrived in Madera three days before giving birth, the sheriff's office said. She is being held in Madera County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of murder. Her bail is set at $1 million.

-- The Fresno Bee

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