Teen who tossed her newborn baby out the window won't serve jail time
A Nebraska teenager who threw her newborn baby out of a second-floor window will not be going to prison.
Antonia Lopez received her sentence for the crime on Friday. Douglas County Juvenile Court Judge Christopher Kelly ordered her to be placed on probation, live in a group home, take part in individual and family therapy, delete her Facebook account and perform 50 hours of community service, according to Omaha.com.
In Sept. 2016, the 16-year-old gave birth to a baby girl in her apartment. She then threw her baby out of the window, and reportedly texted her boyfriend, "It was a girl by the way."
Antonia confessed the crime to her mother, then told police she was unaware she was pregnant.
The initial charge, felony child abuse resulting in death, could have sent Antonia to prison for 20 years -- but her case was transferred the juvenile court in February after her mental state and lack of criminal record were considered, according to Omaha.com.
Antonia's defense attorney Rebecca McClung said that she thought the child was stillborn, and she's "coping the best she can."
"The mother is coping the best she can,' she added. "The grandmother is coping the best she can."
The autopsy revealed that the infant was still breathing after she was thrown, and that Antonia had been pregnant for 25 to 28 weeks.