Cassidy Goodson, Florida teen arrested, newborn found in shoebox as she lied about ‘miscarriage’
UPDATE: Sources from the Kathleen student body identified the teen as Cassidy Goodson, the article below was updated accordingly.
A 14-year-old Central Florida girl allegedly hid her pregnancy was arrested on suspicion of choking her newborn to death after giving birth in her home.
Deputies arrested the Kathleen High student, Cassidy Goodson, on Thursday, five days after the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a baby had been found inside a shoebox in the girl’s Lakeland home, authorities said.
Investigators later determined that she had delivered the baby in the bathroom, then choked the baby to death.
“Everybody’s a loser here,” Sheriff Grady Judd said in a press conference on Friday. “This 14-year-old child murdered her infant baby that she successfully delivered at home.”
Detectives responded to the home and learned that the girl’s mother had been collecting dirty laundry on Saturday when she smelled an odor in the girl’s room. The mother gathered a plastic bag of wet, dirty clothes from a “storage stool,” put the bag in the sink and started sorting through the wet items, the report said.
That’s when the mother found the baby’s body. The mother called her sisters, who in turn called 911, the report said.
Detectives came to the family home and interivewed the girl and her mother.
The girl delivered the baby in the bathroom.
She told detectives she put a towel in her mouth and turned on the bathroom water to hide any noise she might make, investigators said.
Detectives said she told them that as the pain of the labor got worse, she used a pair of scissors to “pry the baby out.” The baby boy, who measured 9-and-a-half pounds and was 20 inches long, was delivered alive and into the toilet, the report said.
Detectives said Goodson, who weighs 100 pounds and is approximately 5-feet-3-inches-tall, had been attempting to conceal her pregnancy from her family by wearing baggy clothing for the past several months.
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