Teen Faces Murder Charge after Newborn Dies

By: AP
By: AP

Authorities say a 17-year-old Mesa County girl facing a murder charge in the death of her newborn died and used privacy laws to hide her pregnancy from her parents.

Prosecutors say Cheyenne Corbett gave birth to a girl in the shower of her parents' home in Fruitvale on Sunday. Police say they found the infant's body wrapped in a towel in Corbett's bedroom.

An autopsy reveals the baby died of asphyxiation.

Prosecutors plan to charge Corbett as an adult with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. They say she concealed her pregnancy even when her father took her to a doctor.

Authorities say the teen requested that no information be given to her parents under the privacy provisions of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA.

Corbett's attorney says the teen hid her condition because she was frightened.

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