CHICAGO — An Illinois teenager is facing first-degree murder charges after she allegedly suffocated her newborn son out of fear that her boyfriend would leave her because the child resembled her ex.
Ana Rosa Mora, 18, of Chicago is accused of placing her baby in a plastic Walmart bag following birth on April 19th and leaving him outside to die. A construction worker located the child hours later, but the baby was already deceased.
Mora then returned to school at Kelvyn Park High School, where staff members recognized that she had given birth. The student then pulled out her iPad, where she began showing pictures of a baby girl to staff.
Mora also asked about a dead baby that was discovered near her home, and asked whether police might be able to locate the mother. An on-campus police officer soon approached and congratulated Mora, asking the teen how old her baby was.
After one of the staff members heard Mora claim that the child was six months old, knowing that she had given birth just recently, she later expressed concern to the officer. The officer then phoned a detective, and days later, Mora was arrested.
While she initially denied that the infant found near her home was her baby, she later admitted that she feared her boyfriend would break up with her because the baby looked like her ex, and would realize that she fathered the child with another man.
The medical examiner confirmed that the newborn was born alive, but died of asphyxiation.
Mora is currently being held on $500,000 bail. She was set to graduate high school in a few weeks and attend college in the fall.
As previously reported, a Pennsylvania woman was recently sentenced to life behind bars without the possibility of parole after being found guilty of intentionally killing her newborn son.
Amanda Hein, then 26, had accompanied three male acquaintances to Starters Pub in Bethlehem last August to watch a pay-per-view wresting match. During the event, the woman began to complain of back pain and discomfort, and excused herself to go to the restroom.
The men with her stated that she was gone for “an extended period of time,” and reports outline that she ignored texts asking her what was wrong.
Hein is believed to have delivered in a stall in the women’s restroom and then wrapped the boy in a plastic garbage bag that she found nearby. She then placed the bag inside of the toilet tank and walked away.
Pennsylvania and Illinois are among a number of states with Safe Haven laws, allowing women to drop off their baby at a hospital with no questions asked in order to avoid criminal charges.