To hide the fact that she had delivered a baby, the girl reportedly placed the baby in a plastic bag before storing him in a freezer in the family's garage.
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When a 14-year-old got pregnant, she was naturally scared to tell her parents about it. But it wasn't something the schoolgoer could have hidden for a long time given the nature of her secret. Somehow she managed to conceal her pregnancy from her family until she gave birth to it. To hide the fact that she had delivered a baby, the girl reportedly placed the baby in a plastic bag before storing him in a freezer in the family's garage.
According to The Independent, the incident unfolded in the village of Verkh-Tula in the Novosibirsk region of Russia. Neither her teacher nor her family was aware of her pregnancy and by the time, the child was found it was tragically too late to save him. Speaking to 360TV, Novosibirsk's region official Nadezhda Boltenko revealed that the teenager's mother had called an ambulance after she heard her daughter crying in pain.
Girl, 14, gives birth in secret then puts baby in freezer to die because she is ‘too scared’ to tell parents https://t.co/yuKEBXKu8O— Wustoo (@wustoo) October 28, 2020
"She heard her moaning at night and thought her daughter was suffering from appendicitis," said Boltenko, the Ombudsman (public lawyer) for child’s rights, according to The Sun. But later she confessed that she was bleeding out after delivering a baby herself. "When the paramedic arrived, the girl told him that she had given birth to a baby and put it in the freezer," Boltenko told TASS. "The paramedic went to the police, and the girl was hospitalized."
Describing it as a "terrible case" officials working on the investigation said that the 14-year-old gave birth alone and carried her child to the family's garage while her father was allegedly busy working in the garden. While being rushed to the hospital in the ambulance, the girl finally plucked up the courage to tell them the truth about her condition. However, it was too late by then. Authorities arrived at the home soon after the confession to save the baby but he had been in the freezer for hours and was beyond saving. The newborn tragically froze to death.
Girl, 14, put newborn baby in freezer as she was ‘too scared to tell her parents’https://t.co/INoZzyOeOA— The Mirror (@DailyMirror) October 28, 2020
As for the young teenager, she is currently hospitalized and is said to be in a "serious" condition. The infant's father is said to be a 16-year-old who was dating the teen but both had broken up during the summer last year. Although the girl's parents insist that they had no clue about her pregnancy, a neighbor allegedly did voice her suspicions to the girl's mother. She wondered if the 14-year-olf girl was pregnant but her concerns were shut down by the teen's mother who said that her daughter had just gained some weight.
An investigation into the case was immediately launched and an official in the regional department of the federal Russian Investigative Committee, Anastasia Kuleshova, told TASS that a probe had already been launched to find out the circumstances surrounding the infant's death. A similar incident took place earlier last year that ended with the death of a baby in the far-eastern Khabarovsk region of Russia, we previously reported. The child's mother had placed her 7-month-old child in a stroller and left it out on the balcony in January 2020.
I understand that there’s a Russian /Siberian tradition of exposing babies to the cold in order to make them used to these conditions.— Wendel Bloem (@WendelBloem1) January 7, 2020
Justifying her reason for doing so, the mother reportedly said that she wanted the baby to sleep in the fresh air outside. Unfortunately, the child froze to death after being left outside for hours as the temperatures dropped to -7C degrees, per BBC. She had forgotten about keeping the baby on the balcony and remembered after almost five hours. Fox5 reported that the incident led to a criminal investigation as per Russian news site Lenta. At the time the ministry also shared a message on social media warning people who have little children. "Always know where and with whom [your child] is. Do not pass by if another child is in danger -- in winter a child who is lost or injured on the street can very quickly become a victim of low temperatures," they said.
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