BRIDGETON -- A 14-year-old Bridgeton teenager was charged Wednesday with murder for allegedly drowning her newborn child in a public toilet last weekend.
According to Cumberland County Prosecutor Ron Casella, the teenager, identified in a complaint by the initials "I.S.," was charged with purposely causing the death of her newborn baby boy during a Cinco de Mayo celebration Sunday at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds, in Millville.
"She was served with a complaint alleging murder. Specifically, she gave birth to the baby in a public toilet, then removed him from the working toilet bowl and placed him in the tank," Casella said Wednesday.
The teenager was allegedly hiding the pregnancy from her friends and family prior to the birth, which occurred between 8:15 and 8:30 p.m.
Casella said a friend of the family "suspected" the teenager was pregnant and notified the girl's father after reading about the discovery of the dead newborn.
The father then went to the police.
Casella said the teenager is in "some kind of custody," but as of Wednesday, was not being held at the county juvenile detention center.