16-year-old mother charged in deaths of 2 infants found in garbage can

Posted at 7:42 PM, May 24, 2023 and last updated 7:46 PM, May 24, 2023

By: Courtney Shaw

CLEVELAND (Scripps News Cleveland) – A 16-year-old girl from Cleveland has been charged in juvenile court for her alleged involvement in the deaths of two infant children found inside a garbage can.

Authorities said officers responded to the 2800 block of Ludlow Road on Saturday, May 20, after the mother of the teen who gave birth to the infants called the police upon finding the children.

police vehicles with lights on at the scene of a crime

Police responded to the scene after a mother reported finding dead infants. (WEWS)

The mother said she had been unaware her daughter was pregnant until the teen told her that she threw the babies in the garbage, according to the police report, which states the teen had given birth a few days before police were called to the scene of the deceased children.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the babies were believed to have been born at 30 weeks.

According to court records, the teen has been charged with:

  • Two counts of involuntary manslaughter
  • Four counts of endangering children
  • One count of tampering with evidence
  • Two counts of gross abuse of a corpse

The teen was originally charged with two counts of murder, but those charges were amended to involuntary manslaughter after Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley reviewed the case and determined those were more appropriate, the prosecutor’s office told Scripps News Cleveland.
Her case is currently being reviewed by the juvenile court system.

This story was originally published on May 23, 2023, by WEWS in Cleveland, an E.W. Scripps Company.