White Cloud teen sentenced in abandoning newborn case

Associated Press

White Cloud — A 15-year-old girl who abandoned her baby after secretly giving birth has been sentenced to six months of probation in Newaygo County Family Court.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the teen was sentenced Wednesday, about a month after pleading no contest to fourth-degree child abuse. She initially was charged with second-degree child abuse and child abandonment following the July 28 birth.

Authorities say 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 later.

Investigators found the teen, who admitted that the baby was hers.

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