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Teen Eulogized After Baby Dies

February 4, 2002

OWEN, Wis. (AP) _ A private funeral was held Monday for a 19-year-old college student who died after giving birth in a dormitory bathroom and for her baby daughter, who died days later.

Cars overflowed the parking lot at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, where the closed service was held for Karen Marie Hubbard and her child, Julienna Marie Hubbard.

A joint wake was held for them Sunday, said the Rev. Al Jakubowski of Holy Rosary. He would not comment on the services.

Karen Hubbard, of nearby Withee, collapsed late Tuesday in a bathroom stall in Oak Ridge Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. An autopsy found that she bled to death from complications of childbirth.

Paramedics found the baby when they removed Hubbard from the stall. The child had been hospitalized in critical condition, but she died early Sunday. Medical examiners said the baby died because she was deprived of oxygen around the time of her birth.

Hubbard, a freshman pre-pharmacy major, had ignored inquiries from her roommate and other students while in the bathroom, telling them she was sick but OK, authorities said.

No one, not even a roommate, knew about the pregnancy until the baby was found, authorities said.

``The only bright spot would be if someone else could learn that no matter how much trouble you think you’re in or how frustrated you are, there are people to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help,″ said Charles Major, the campus housing director.

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