From Daily Mail: A judge has sentenced two teen parents (that term is a stretch in this case) to probation for leaving their newborn girl in a dumpster in western Kentucky.
The teenagers, 16-year-old Casside Cherry and 18-year-old Trevon Elmore, had earlier been convicted by a jury of first-degree wanton endangerment, third-degree criminal abuse, and tampering with evidence, Kentucky.com reported. They were acquitted of attempted murder.
McCracken Circuit Judge Craig Clymer said during the sentencing hearing Thursday that he had to follow the juvenile code. According to Kentucky.com, he said: ‘The court could not have certified them… as adults on the crimes for which the jury found them guilty. So we then have to go back to the juvenile code and treat them as juveniles as far as the sentencing goes.’
Clymer said both have already served more time in a juvenile facility than he could impose, so he sentenced them to 12 months’ probation. He also ordered them to complete a moral therapy program. The teenagers were ordered to pay $150 each month for the child’s care, according to Kentucky.com.
The crying infant was found in a dumpster in July 2015 with its umbilical cord still attached. The baby was hospitalized and later released into state custody.
Cherry told the judge the baby is with her sister in Iowa, WPSD reported.
The teenagers were ordered to get jobs to assist in providing for the youngster, according to the TV station.