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16-Year-Old Mother Charged With Killing Newborn

September 5, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ A 16-year-old girl whose newborn baby suffocated after he was stuffed into a plastic bag has been charged with manslaughter, police said.

Roxanne Joseph was charged Thursday after an autopsy revealed the newborn was suffocated, said Sgt. Raymond O’Donnell.

Ms. Joseph, who gave birth to the child in her aunt’s apartment Thursday morning, told authorities the child was stillborn.

Paramedics called to the home treated Ms. Joseph and attempted to revive the baby, O’Donnell said.

Police opted to charge Ms. Joseph with manslaughter because of her age and her belief the child was born dead, the spokesman said.

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