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Teen Girl Kills Baby Following Home Birth
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A teen girl from Lakeland, Florida has been charged with aggravated child abuse and first-degree murder for choking her newborn to death. The baby and mother were still attached at the umbilical cord when the incident occurred. The teen, 14-year-old Cassidy Goodson, gave birth to a boy on September 19 in her home’s bathroom.

Goodson is a freshman in high school who reportedly used scissors to remove the baby from her body into the toilet. According to police, Goodson then took the baby out of the toilet and “placed her hands on the infant’s neck and squeezed until he wasn’t moving or breathing any longer.” The girl reportedly killed the child because she claims that she “didn’t know what to do with it.”


The girl’s mother, Teresa Goodson, “was in complete denial” about the pregnancy, according to Sheriff Grady Judd. Goodson would wear baggy clothing to hide the pregnancy from her family but two of her aunts suspected it. The girl showed her mother two pregnancy tests that were negative to prove she was not pregnant. The girl took the tests in private though, further complicating matters.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified of the discovery of a dead baby inside the Goodson home three days after it was born. Teresa Goodson found the baby in a shoe box when an odor was coming from Cassidy’s bedroom. Judd went on to say, “Let’s remember she is a child. Where was her support system?”

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  1. wityness

    October 2, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Support system my rear end! Her parents were supposed to have notice her pregnancy. How can you NOT? First-degree murder trial. Set her as the example to avoid more cases like this. This is ridiculous.

  2. Anonymous

    October 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    This stupid little girl needs to be strangled just like she did that helpless baby. She chose to have unprotected sex. She could have given the baby to someone, she didn’t have to kill it. We need to have a public execution for murderers like this selfish brat.

  3. a teen mother

    October 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    She didnt know what to do my ass.. she knew what she was doing when she opened her legs didnt she?? and than her mother should also be going to jail as well.. she needed help and no one to trust to get that help everyone should be in trouble for this situation.. u need a support system.. she didnt see a doctor for 10 months?? FAILED AS A MOTHER AND A PERSON

  4. Jennifer

    October 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I don’t disagree with you, Anonymous. However, I have to wonder about a couple of things: what kind of sexual education did this girl or the boy have prior to having sex? There are a lot of kids out there in this conservative society who do not have all the sexual education they need to have. I can’t tell you how many times I heard the phrase, “I didn’t know this would happen the first time” or other things you and I would say is totally idiotic. But yes, she DID choose to do this.
    Also, WHY couldn’t she tell her parents? What kind of household is it that she couldn’t? Obviously the kind that didn’t teach her about sex safety.
    Also, did this girl know about safe dropping the baby? That she could have left it at the hospital, police station, fire station.
    Whatever her punishment maybe, which to me if she gets to live she MUST be sterilizedd, this is lesson for everyone. Sexual education is a must and this situation is proof to that.

  5. lorie levine

    October 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    What would Mitt Romney, the mormmons and the Republicans say? Would they wonder how many more of these births would occur, thanks to their political opinions and legislation???

  6. crazy critter

    October 4, 2012 at 6:29 am

    yeah and in alot of cases like this i hear, usually the daddy had sex with his daughter, sick people out there

  7. sherkr

    October 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    2 days sooner and they would have called in an abortion and the government would have paid for it and others around her would have told her that she had every right to do that.

  8. jaycee

    October 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    God bless that baby lord knows he is in a better place away from harm as for this bring your ass to Chicago bitch watch what I do to you asking with the other murderer Casey’s dead beat mother!

  9. cynthia

    October 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I think some one had to help her. think about it. How can you stick scissors up your vagina with a big belly. when i was pregnant i could hardly reach down there to wipe after using the bathroom. I think there is more to the story than being told.

  10. Sup Nig Sumatriptan

    January 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    What’s the big deal? Don’t ruin a girl’s life over this. She’s going to have to live with the awful memories, and that’s enough. Anyone who wants to punish her for murder is just a vengeful asshole.

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