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Girl, 16, charged in stabbing death of newborn infant

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Editor's note: The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office originally announced they were charging the 16-year-old as an adult, gave her name and said she was being charged with first-degree murder. Later, the office said the teen was being charged as a juvenile with second-degree murder. The Detroit News has removed her name from this story because we do not generally identify juveniles charged with crimes. 

Detroit — A 16-year-old Detroit teen faces a murder charge related to the stabbing death of her newborn daughter in February on the city's east side, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced Wednesday.

At 11:30 p.m. Feb. 21, medics were called to the 9100 block of Agnes to assist with an "unknown medical condition." That's north of East Jefferson and west of McClellan.

They transported the girl to a hospital.

Further investigation revealed that teen had given birth that day.

Authorities allege she gave birth in a toilet and stabbed the baby multiple times before wrapping her in a towel, placing her in a purse and hiding her body in a closet in her room.

Police found the baby's body the next day. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said the baby died of multiple wounds to the neck.

The teen has been charged with second-degree murder. Earlier information from the prosecutor's office said she was charged with first-degree murder as an adult-designated juvenile.

The teen is due for a pretrial hearing at 9 a.m. Oct. 25 before Referee Sean Kerman at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center.

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