Nebraska Girl Pleads Responsible to Burning Fetus After Abortion

OMAHA, Neb.—A Nebraska lady pleaded responsible Monday to burning and concealing a fetus after she took medicine to finish her being pregnant, whereas prosecutors transfer ahead with a legal case accusing her mom of illegally serving to with the abortion.

Prosecutors stated Celeste Burgess gave beginning to the stillborn fetus about 29 weeks and 5 days into her being pregnant. She was 17 on the time, however prosecutors charged her as an grownup.

Burgess, now 18, pleaded responsible to a felony cost of concealing or abandoning a lifeless physique and prosecutors dropped two misdemeanor prices. The fetus was discovered buried in a area north of Norfolk in northeast Nebraska.

Her mom, Jessica Burgess, 42, is accused of illegally serving to with the abortion final spring. The prosecutor concerned has stated he had by no means earlier than charged anybody with violating Nebraska’s 20-week abortion restrict that was handed in 2010. On Monday, Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen signed a 12-week abortion ban into legislation. It took impact instantly.

The case in opposition to the mom and daughter relies partly on Fb messages the 2 girls exchanged about their plan to acquire the medicine to induce an abortion after which to burn the fetus.

Jessica Burgess has pleaded not responsible and is due again in courtroom on July 7 for a pretrial listening to. Her lawyer didn’t instantly reply to a message Monday.

Celeste Burgess is scheduled to be sentenced on July 20. She faces as much as two years in jail. Prosecutors agreed to not make a sentencing advice.

In line with courtroom paperwork, the daughter talked within the messages she exchanged along with her mother “about how she will’t wait to get the ‘factor’ out of her physique.” She additionally stated “I’ll lastly have the ability to put on denims” in one of many messages investigators obtained with a search warrant.

In a single message, Jessica Burgess informed her daughter she obtained the drugs and gave her directions on how one can finish her being pregnant.

Final summer time, a person pleaded responsible to a misdemeanor for serving to the ladies bury the fetus.

By Josh Funk