Teen reenacts killing her baby
14-year-old Cassidy Goodson hid her pregnancy and killed her newborn to not upset her parents.
(Image taken from video below)
"I put my hands around its throat to make it stop breathing." This is what 14-year-old Cassidy Goodson felt she needed to do in order to keep her parents happy, according to The Huffington Post. Cassidy has been charged with first-degree murder as an adult and may spend her life in prison.
In the video below, Cassidy sits in the bathroom of her mobile home and calmly explains to the police how she choked her newborn baby to death in order to keep it from her parents. Cassidy managed to keep the pregnancy a secret from her parents by wearing baggy clothing and faking the pregnancy tests her mom forced her to take. In September, 3 days after Cassidy used scissors to help her during labour, her mother found the dead newborn in a shoebox in her daughter's bedroom.
Cassidy's mom said, "Honestly, if I would have known, this would have never happened."
Do your children trust you?
I have to wonder if there are deeper issues with Cassidy - does she have a mental disorder? Was she bullied? Why does she feel the need to hide her problems from her parents? And why was she having sex at 13? I think it's cases like these that teach parents what to look for in their children. Perhaps it's a good time to make sure that your kids trust you enough to be able to tell you anything. Even something as big as "Mom, I'm pregnant".
Can your teen share anything with you?