Alyce Morales,18, (pictured) allegedly freaked out and punched her newborn baby in the head after giving birth to it; she has now been charged with murder, according to the Traverse City Record Eagle.
Police records state that the Cicero, Ill., teen had gone on a camping vacation with her parents at a Benzie County, Mich., campsite, but they were unaware of her pregnancy at the time. At some point during the trip, Morales told her folks she was not feeling well and retreated to her tent.
Sometime after 11 p.m. on July 22, the teen gave birth to a baby girl. By the time Morales’ dad went to the tent to check on her, she had given birth to the infant. When the father saw that his daughter had delivered a child, he quickly called police for assistance.
Here is more from The Eagle:
The baby was transported to Munson Medical Center where she was pronounced dead Tuesday at 8:57 a.m.
The initial cause of death was believed to be hypothermia and lack of timely medical care, but an autopsy performed in Grand Rapids discovered “serious injuries” to the newborn’s head and abdomen that caused her death, the document states. Morales waived her Miranda rights on Wednesday when interviewed by Michigan State Police.
Court documents state she made “several admissions” that she “freaked out” and struck the baby with her closed fist.