Mother convicted of putting baby in closed container to serve time in juvenile detention


ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) - A 15-year-old accused of putting her baby in closed plastic container was sentenced Wednesday.

The teen is charged with attempted murder, malicious wounding, and child abuse and neglect.

She pleaded no contest to the attempted murder and malicious wounding charges, and pleaded guilty to the child abuse charge.

The Roanoke judge sentenced her to juvenile detention until she turns 18 for the attempted murder charge.

For the malicious wounding and child abuse charges she was sentenced to a combined 20 years, all suspended.

The judge said the sentences would be served consecutively, while probation would be served concurrently.

The Commonwealth's Attorney says he is hoping for the best, but not expecting a huge change.

Police were called to the 200 block of Harrison Ave on January 5, involving a suspicious circumstance concerning the newborn.

Police say, at first the then 14-year-old girl denied knowledge of the infant, but an officer heard the baby in the girl’s room.

The officer went into her room and found the infant inside a closed, plastic storage tub. The baby was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Officials say more charges could be coming in this case, because the teen thinks and 18-year-old she slept with is the baby's father.

This is a developing story, stay with ABC 13 for updates.

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