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Florida girl, 14, charged with strangling her newborn baby boy in parents’ bathroom

Posted by on Oct. 1, 2012 at 9:51 AM
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 High school freshman Cassidy Goodson of  Lakeland, Fla. in her Polk County Sheriff’s Office mug shot.

Polk County Sheriff

High school freshman Cassidy Goodson of Lakeland, Fla. in her Polk County Sheriff’s Office mug shot.

A pregnant 14-year-old Florida girl delivered a baby boy in her parents’ bathroom and then strangling the infant to death, hiding his body in a box, law enforcement officials said Friday.

Cassidy Goodson, of Lakeland, Fla. has been charged with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse in connection with the death of her newborn son.

Investigators are deciding whether to charge her as an adult, The Ledger.com reported.

“Her son was still connected to her by the umbilical cord when she choked him to death," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference Friday. "I just can't get over that."

Goodson gave birth to the 9.5 pound, 20.4-inch baby on Sept. 19 and used scissors to help “pry the baby out,” investigators said.

She stuffed a towel in her own mouth and turned on the faucet so her parents wouldn’t hear any noise, the teen told investigators.

After delivering the baby in the toilet, she felt for his pulse and determined he was alive. Then she strangled him, squeezing his neck for “about a minute” until he wasn’t breathing, Judd said.

Goodson then showered with the dead infant and placed his body in a box which she buried in dirty laundry in her room, Judd said.

Her mother, Teresa Goodson, noticed a foul odor in her room three days later and found the baby’s remains. The mother called her sisters, who in turn called 911, authorities said.

A freshman in high school, Goodson is 5 foot 3 and weighs about 100 pounds, police said. She hid her pregnancy by wearing baggy clothes.

Though other people had become suspicious that the teen was pregnant over the summer, her mother was “in complete denial,” Judd said.

Goodson at first told investigators that she had suffered a miscarriage, but an autopsy revealed the baby was full term and had died of asphyxia from strangulation.

Detectives were working to determine the father’s identity, Judd said.

"Everybody's a loser here, but this 14-year-old child murdered her infant baby, which was successfully delivered at home," Judd said.

Investigators said the teen showed little emotion during questioning, but when asked why she did it, she responded that she didn’t want to change the relationship with her family, Tampa Bay Online reported.

It was unclear if Goodson had obtained a lawyer or how she intends to plead.



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eviesmom453
by Bronze Member on Oct. 1, 2012 at 9:53 AM

How sad.

SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Platinum Member on Oct. 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

 This girl is in Sheriff Grady land. Perhaps you remember a " Pedophiles Guild to Love and Sex" and the flack it caused. The guy who wrote it was not arrested. I think it was for sale on the internet and it was pulled. Ol Grady had someone order the book, a signed copy was mailed to polk county. Grady then sent 2 deputies to Pueblo Colorado, an 1800 mile trip to arrest the author. Grady is a tough Sherriff and likes media attention. I often think he will eventually run for the legislature. This case is going to garner media attention and rightly so. I think the case is horrible and the Sheriffs office will go really hard on her. She is in Grady land. 

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Oct. 1, 2012 at 10:25 AM

 Disgusting.

Paperfishies
by Silver Member on Oct. 1, 2012 at 10:25 AM
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I hope she is charged as an adult and spends the rest if her life in prison.
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Mom2Just1
by Gold Member on Oct. 1, 2012 at 10:26 AM
How sad.
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lizmarie1975
by Gold Member on Oct. 1, 2012 at 10:28 AM
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There is absolutely no remorse in that photo.

ReginaStar
by Gold Member on Oct. 1, 2012 at 10:30 AM
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This is sad and disgusting but it makes me wonder what are these parents doing that make these young girls go to such horrific lengths to keep from their parents finding out. 

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Oct. 1, 2012 at 10:30 AM
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OH my god how tragic. Someone needs to get to the bottom of why was this 14 year old pregnant.

PortiaRose
by on Oct. 1, 2012 at 10:30 AM
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Why? Is she an adult, now?

Quoting Paperfishies:

I hope she is charged as an adult and spends the rest if her life in prison.
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PortiaRose
by on Oct. 1, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Omfg. I can't believe I just read that.

Quoting lizmarie1975:

There is absolutely no remorse in that photo.

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