Beltsville: An autopsy is planned for a dead newborn who was found inside a bathroom at High Point High School in Beltsville, Maryland.
A school resource officer found the baby there early Wednesday morning, Prince George’s County police said in a statement. A preliminary investigation revealed the baby had been delivered that morning. Shortly after the discovery, the hallway was blocked off with yellow barriers as students passed by.
Students were still processing the death many hours after the final bell.
“It was a lot of mixed emotions,” said senior Joseline Ramirez. according to WJLA news, “I was mainly shocked and concerned for the baby and the person who gave birth.”
Prince George’s County Police say the girl who delivered the baby was located in the school and was taken to receive medical care.
They say earlier, a school resource officer was alerted to a deceased baby in the bathroom. It’s not clear who made the discovery.
Detectives have yet to determine if the baby was a stillbirth or botched abortion. They say an autopsy has been ordered.
Still, students and parents alike wondered how the girl got to this point.
“I couldn’t have imagined how she felt,” said Ramirez.
“You would think that she would be able to go to the teacher or the counselor or something,” added parent Gail Powell, the mother of an 11th grader.
The High Point principal sent home a letter describing the large police presence on campus to address a “personal and private matter involving a student.”
“We encourage you to speak with your child about the importance of confiding in a trusted adult, such as a counselor, teacher, administrator or coach, if they have any concerns about their safety and well-being,” write Principal Nicole Isley-McClure.
“There should be some conversations at home and here at school,” said Powell. “There’s definitely resources.”