Friday, October 26, 2007

Did you hear about this? I went nuts when I heard about it on the news last night:

Bond posted for Plainfield teen accused in baby's death

Oct 26, 2007 05:11 PM EDT

Richard Essex/Eyewitness News

Louisville, KY - A college sophomore from Indiana charged with murder in the death of her newborn daughter has posted bond.

Judge Paula Fitzgerald set the $50,000 bond Friday morning for 19-year-old Kathyrn "Katie" McCoy, a student at Bellarmine University in Louisville.

The Plainfield native was a golf and tennis athlete at Plainfield High School, where she graduated from last year. On Friday morning she plead not guilty in criminal court for murder of her infant daughter.

McCoy appeared in Judge Fitzgerald's Louisville courtroom, solemn and rarely making eye contact with the judge. She never spoke and nodded when answering her lawyer, Alex Dathorne. He entered not guilty pleas and her bond was set at $50,000.

The events that led Kathryn McCoy to the courtroom started in her dorm at Bellarmine University,

Police and court records say McCoy hid her pregnancy from friends and family until early Thursday morning. Fellow students at Bellarmine had suspected something, but were not prepared for what they discovered.

Police believe McCoy locked herself in a bathroom for up to an hour and a half and delivered the baby girl. According to the coroner's report, the infant was born alive. It's believed McCoy dropped the baby into a bathroom toilet. She is accused of concealing the birth by placing the infant's body in a trash bag, then when confronted by a roommate, relocating the body in a gym bag.

McCoy faces charges of murder, concealing the birth of an infant and tampering with physical evidence.

Dathorne says McCoy and her parents would not be talking publicly at this point. Her parents were not present for the arraignment.

Since 2000, Indiana has had a "safe haven" law in force, which means that anyone can abandon an infant under 45 days old with any emergency medical services provider with no questions asked. The secrecy of the mother's identity is assured, and she will not be prosecuted for abandonment or neglect if she acts within 45 days of birth and if the baby is not harmed. Kentucky has a similar law, meaning that McCoy could have given up the infant at any hospital, police or fire station.

The autopsy further showed that the infant was at or near term. It goes on to say her death is consistent with drowning.

So, I only have one question: what kind of sex ed did these kids get? Seriously... there are options no matter who you don't want knowing or whatever. I mean, if she didn't want to terminate the pregnancy at the beginning, she could have found help from so many places... and then the baby wouldn't have had to die. I don't understand why she killed it anyway... all she had to do was drop it off in a safe place, like a hospital. It really makes you wonder what she was thinking.

I don't know why this made me so mad, but this is why 95% of people that I know DON'T watch the news... it's just too depressing. Honestly, I wouldn't have been watching the news at all if sci-fi's audio wasn't messed up.

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