Prosecutors have filed a motion to move the case of a southeast Iowa teen accused of having a baby in secret, and letting that child die, to adult court.
Officials say a 15-year-old Libertyville girl was being treated for a medical issue at the University of Iowa Hospitals in the early morning hours of October 11th. Doctors informed the teen’s stepfather, who was at the hospital, that she had recently given birth.
The hospital called the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and they responded to 703 East Maple in Libertyville. When they arrived a deceased infant girl was found in a closet.
The investigation shows the 15-year-old girl had given birth to the baby sometime on October 10th.
The teen was originally charged in juvenile court with child endangerment resulting in death. Now prosecutors have filed a motion to move her case to adult court and have her be treated as a youthful offender.
The teen’s name has not been released.