Cassidy Goodson, teen baby killer, indicted as adult, Mom stills claims she didn’t know
Fourteen-year-old Cassidy Goodson, who authorities say secretly gave birth to a son and then strangled the newborn, will be prosecuted as an adult.
Goodson was arrested last week after deputies say she gave birth on September 19 to a 9 1/2 pound boy inside a bathroom then strangled him to death.
“Baby Goodson,” is how the court describes the child.
In Florida, the maximum penalty for first-degree murder is usually a mandatory life sentence or the death penalty, but Goodson is too young to face the death penalty.
In addition, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that it was unconstitutional for juveniles convicted of murder to receive mandatory life imprisonment without parole. The decision specifically addressed “mandatory” life sentences for juveniles but doesn’t appear to rule out such punishment on a case-by-case basis.
Additionally, Cassidy’s mother, Teresa, spoke to some Florida media about her daughter and attempting to explain how/why she didn’t know her daughter was pregnant.
“I know she had a period every month and she did not gain a lot of weight,” Teresa Goodson said.
“She was a great child,” she added, describing the daughter’s participation in a summer softball league.
Goodson claims she had talked to her daughter about sex, but didn’t think her daughter was sexually active adding that knew her daughter menstruated because “I washed out her clothes every week.”
Lastly on “how her daughter could murder the child” she said: ”She’s a 14-year-old kid and she has a child’s mind.”