Newborn Death Case Pretrial Delayed
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - A hearing for a Paducah teenager accused of killing her newborn baby has been postponed. New information in the case has also been released, according to the Paducah Sun.
Eighteen year-old Katelynn Teague was arrested and charged with murder on Feb. 13, three months after Paducah police detectives found a dead newborn in a shopping bag in Teague’s closet.
Teague denied having a baby when officers came to her house in November. Teague’s mother allowed a search of the home, and detectives found blood in the bathroom and on Teague’s foot. The infant was then found in a closet during the search.
Detectives say that during questioning, Teague did not offer a reason for not alerting authorities or her mother about the pregnancy or the baby’s death. Teague also changed her story several times.
Her latest statement was that the baby was never alive.
Prosecutors are preparing a case that includes a forensic examination of Teague’s cell phone.
Bard Brian, Teague’s attorney, said the agreement delaying the hearing was made to allow both sides more time for preparation.
Teague is currently free on a $5,000 surety bond. Her hearing has been rescheduled for 9:30 a.m., Sept. 6.