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White Cloud teen pleads no contest to abandoning baby

Associated Press

White Cloud — A 15-year-old girl who abandoned her baby after secretly giving birth has entered a plea in Newaygo County Family Court.

The teen pleaded no contest earlier this week to fourth-degree child abuse. She initially was charged with second-degree child abuse and child abandonment following the July 28 birth.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the girl gave birth near a fire pit outside her home and left the infant across the street in the grass. A resident in the girl’s White Cloud neighborhood found the newborn about five hours after the birth.

Investigators were able to track down the teen, who admitted to deputies that the baby was hers.

The baby was placed in a temporary foster home, but the mother and father have said they want custody.