Teen Mother Pleads Guilty in Newborn's Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A western Kentucky teen has pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in the death of her newborn.

The Paducah Sun reports 18-year-old Katelynn Teague entered the plea on Thursday to the reduced charge. Originally, she had faced a murder charge in the death of the infant girl, whose body was found last November in a closet of Teague's home in Paducah.

Police say an investigation found that Teague gave birth to the child earlier that night.

She originally told detectives that the child was born alive, but then stopped breathing and she panicked. Later, she said the child was stillborn. Medical reports found that the infant died of suffocation and neglect.

Teague's sentencing was set for Dec. 11.

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