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Baby Found In Attic Was Alive, Not Stillborn

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PORT HOPE (WWJ/AP) – A new report from a forensic pathologist shows a baby who police say had been hidden in the attic of a Huron County home by the teenage mother was born alive and not stillborn as previously believed.

County Prosecutor Timothy Rutkowski said Wednesday the report shows the infant was alive for more than an hour and died of pneumonia caused by perinatal neglect.

Preliminary autopsy findings had determined the baby was stillborn.

Rutkowski said his office has filed a petition of concealing the death of an infant against the 14-year-old Port Hope girl.

No date has been set for the teen to appear for a hearing.

Police found the infant’s body March 27, a day after the girl, then 13, gave birth. Police said the girl might not have realized she was pregnant until she was in
labor.

A 16-year-old boy, thought to be the infant’s father, is facing criminal sexual conduct charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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