An Omaha teen has admitted that she threw her newborn out a second-floor window, killing the child.
Antonia Lopez, 16, admitted the crime after her case was transferred to juvenile court.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said his office agreed to move the case from district court — where he originally charged her as an adult — to juvenile court after weighing Lopez’s lack of criminal record, her mental state and her actions.
“It’s a horrible case — terrible,” Kleine said of Lopez’s actions. “To me, after we looked into it, the way things happened, it didn’t seem to be anything you would label as an adult-specific act.
“It wasn’t a planned-out, thought-out process. It was more of a panicked reaction.”
Lopez gave birth in the early morning hours of Sept. 30 at her apartment at 2567 Izard Court. After throwing the baby out the window, police have said, Lopez told her mother what she had done.
Her mother found the baby, and “distraught and frantic,” called 911 at 4:12 a.m. to report the baby’s death.
The baby and Lopez were taken to Creighton University Medical Center, where the baby was pronounced dead upon arrival.
The baby was about 14 inches long and weighed 2 pounds. An autopsy later determined that Lopez had been pregnant for 25 to 28 weeks — about the seventh month of gestation.
Lopez told a police detective that she didn’t know she was pregnant and woke up in pain. She said she laid a towel on the floor of her bedroom because she thought she was having her period.
She then got in front of a mirror and began to push. Lopez told police she saw a sac emerging from her vagina and pierced it with a nail clipper tool. She saw feet. The baby came out.
Lopez “panicked at that point and threw the baby out the window from her room,” Omaha Police Officer Chad Kavars, who interviewed Lopez, has said.
Lopez’s boyfriend disputed Lopez’s assertion that she didn’t know she was pregnant.
The couple started dating in January 2016 and had sex in February, the boyfriend told police. Kavars said the boyfriend also told him that he had urged Lopez to tell her mother about the pregnancy and seek a doctor for the unborn baby, but she didn’t.
In the early morning hours when she was in labor, Lopez sent her boyfriend several text messages and one photo through Snapchat.
12:56 a.m.: “Babe I’m having contractions in my lower abs every couple seconds. It hurts so much.”
1:01 a.m.: “I am in so much pain.”
1:02 a.m.: “I want it to stop.”
2:23 a.m.: “It was a girl by the way.”
She later asked for help to hide the baby.
Kleine said the case is heartbreaking. Had Lopez remained in district court, she would have faced 20 years to life in prison.
The best course is to get Lopez treatment and try to rehabilitate her, Kleine said.
A judge will decide what to do with Lopez at a March 24 hearing. She could be placed on probation or sent to a group home or detention facility.
The juvenile court retains jurisdiction over her until she turns 19.
“She obviously has some issues that need to be dealt with,” Kleine said. “She needs help.”