A 13-year-old Baker, Lousiana, girl secretly gave birth to a child and left it on the porch of her teacher’s home, it was reported.
“[The child] was fully healthy,” Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn said, WBRZ reported. When the child was found, the umbilical cord was still attached.
Police said the teen girl didn’t know that she was pregnant until she gave birth Sunday morning. The girl then tried the clean up the scene and dropped the child off at her teacher’s house.
The girl, who wasn’t identified, birthed it herself.
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“She didn’t have a clue about what to do with the child, so she thought about the school teacher,” Dunn said.
Her parents had no idea that she was pregnant either, police said.
The unnamed teacher heard a knock on her door and when she opened it, she saw just the child.
“When she opened her door, the baby was on the step,” Dunn said.
Officials are still investigating the incident.
“We’re looking at a frightened 13-year-old, and she really didn’t know what to do,” Dunn explained, The Advocate reported. “She chose (what) she thought would be safe for the baby.”
The child weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces and is now in the Department of Children and Families’ custody.
“We’re going to let them decide what’s best for the baby from here,” he said.
Louisiana’s Safe Haven Law says that if one can’t care for your baby or if its well-being may be in danger, one can bring the child to a designated facility within the first 60 days of the child’s life.