Knotts Island, NC — Rebecca Blackmore, 16, is facing charges of first-degree murder after police say she stabbed her newborn daughter to death shortly after squishing her out.
As is the case in most of these types of stories, Blackmore showed up at the emergency room after delivering the child, but had no baby. When questioned, she reportedly told police the child was stillborn and they could find the body in her bedroom closet.
Well, she was honest about one thing…there was a dead baby in her closet, but the autopsy showed the baby girl was not stillborn, she was alive at birth and for a short time thereafter. She’d probably still be breathing were it not for all those pesky stab wounds…
Though it was a relative that escorted Blackmore to the emergency room, it is unclear whether the family knew of Blackmore’s pregnancy.
Blackmore is currently behind bars on a $500,000 bond. In North Carolina, suspects 16 and older are charged as adults regardless of the crime.
And just in case you were wondering, North Carolina does have a Safe Haven Law. Unlike unwanted kittens, unwanted babies can be left with an on-duty health care provider at a hospital or health department, an on-duty social worker at a social services agency, an on-duty law enforcement officer, etc. But because the little ones tend to lose that new baby scent after about a week, you gotta turn ‘em over to a responsible adult before they hit the ripe old age of 7 days.