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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Teen 'Gave Birth In Bathroom And Smothered Baby To Stop Her Crying Because She Didn't Want Her Mom To Know' Before Burying Newborn In A Shallow Grave

  • Jessica Lynn Brewster, of Muskegon, was arraigned on Wednesday morning and charged with murder
  • A police detective told the court on Wednesday that Brewster admitted she held a towel over the baby's face on October 15
  • The teen claimed she did not want her mother to hear the cries because she didn't know the 17-year-old was pregnant
  • The baby was found on Monday afternoon behind a senior living complex after a janitor initially thought it was a doll

A 17-year-old 'straight A-student' has been charged with murder after she allegedly smothered her newborn baby girl with a towel in her home bathroom because she didn't want her mother to find out.


Jessica Lynn Brewster, of Muskegon, was arraigned on Wednesday morning and charged with open murder - a combination of first and second-degree murder under Michigan law.

A detective told the court on Wednesday that Brewster admitted she held a towel over the baby's face after giving birth around 4am on October 15 so that her mother wouldn't hear the cries.


Detective Kory Luker said in a sworn statement that the teen said she was fearful of her mother finding out she was pregnant,MLive reported.

The teen then put the baby in the plastic bag and carried it to her grandmother's senior living complex where she allegedly buried the baby behind the building in a shallow grave.


The district judge denied bond.

The baby's body was found on Monday afternoon by a janitor at the apartment block, who at first thought the child was a doll.


Brewster, who attends Muskegon High School was arrested on Monday night and 'admitted' her connection to the child's death.

It is believed she acted alone, police said. The teen has no criminal history.

The high school senior was being held at the Muskegon County Jail.

Detectives told WZZM that the baby was likely born in October and soon afterwards left behind the senior living complex where Brewster's grandmother has a home.

The child's cause of death has not been revealed.

After the baby's body was discovered, detectives canvassed the neighborhood to ask if any pregnant relatives had visited recently.

One resident, reportedly Brewster's grandmother, sent police to talk to the teenager.

Arleen Clements, the janitor who found the baby's body, told MLive that she was in a state of shock over the death.

She said: 'I just opened the door and looked down and saw it. My mind told me it wasn't a baby. I looked down closer to it.


'I saw a little leg and little toes. I stood there thinking, ''Am I seeing what I'm seeing? Could it be a doll baby?'"

But she said it was the little toes on the exposed legs of the baby that filled her with dread.


'A doll doesn't have little wrinkles on its toe like that. I just knew it was a baby then,' she said.

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