Teen Mother Charged After Newborn Is Found Dead in New Jersey Alley: Prosecutors - NBC New York

Teen Mother Charged After Newborn Is Found Dead in New Jersey Alley: Prosecutors

A witness said she spotted the baby's body from her home and initially thought it looked like a doll

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    14-Year-Old Charged in Newborn Baby's Death in New Jersey

    A 14-year-old girl has been accused of leaving her newborn to die in a New Jersey alley. Ray Villeda reports. (Published Tuesday, April 17, 2018)

    A 14-year-old girl has been accused of leaving her newborn to die in a New Jersey alley.

    The girl, whose identity has not been released, was charged as a minor with murder in the death of her infant son, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office. The boy's body was found between a house and a garage on Lincoln Avenue in Highland Park, with its umbilical cord nearby. 

    Diamond Mejia told News 4 on Monday afternoon she spotted the baby's body from the second floor of her home and initially thought it looked a little like a doll. 

    "The umbilical cord was still there, and he was ice cold by the time I got to him," Mejia said. 

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    Mejia said she tried to revive the child, fruitlessly. 

    "There was no pulse but I still gave it CPR," she said. "I tried until the ambulance was on site."

    The boy was pronounced dead after arriving at a hospital. The teenage mother was arrested a short time later.

    "I have a whole different view on life right now," Mejia said. "It's kind of depressing."

    The teen is expected to appear in family court on Tuesday, prosecutors said.

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