A 13-year-old girl in Louisiana secretly gave birth at home before leaving her healthy newborn on a teacher’s front porch.
“[The child] was fully healthy,” Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn said, WBRZ reported.
According to authorities, the baby had been born so recently that when the child was found, the teacher noticed that the umbilical cord was still attached.
While the girl has not been publicly identified, police say she panicked when she gave birth and left the baby on her teacher’s front porch because she wasn’t sure what else to do.
"(She) couldn't think of what to do with the baby, so (she) left it at the teacher's door," Dunn said, adding that police were not intending on making any immediate arrests in connection with the case.
Despite giving birth by herself, with absolutely no help from her family, the terrified young girl managed to deliver a perfectly healthy baby, who weighed about 5 pounds and 13 ounces at birth.
"We're looking at a frightened 13-year-old, and she really didn't know what to do," Dunn said. "She chose (what) she thought would be safe for the baby."
Authorities say the girl’s parents had no idea that she was pregnant, nor did they know that she had given birth alone in her bedroom.
Once she gave birth, the girl reportedly set the baby down on her teacher’s front porch, knocked on the door, and ran away before the teacher walked outside.
“When she opened her door, the baby was on the step,” Dunn said of the unnamed teacher’s discovery.
Although a paternity test has yet to be done yet, police say the girl has already identified the father of her baby, a 13-year-old boy.
While the investigation is still ongoing, the baby has been handed over to the Department of Children and Families in the meantime.
"We're going to let them decide what's best for the baby from here," Dunn said.
Neither the girl nor her family has been identified publicly, and authorities have also decided to leave the boy’s identity and the baby’s sex a secret for now.
Although many readers on Facebook have been shocked to learn about the 13-year-old girl’s pregnancy, they are also praising her for leaving her baby in a safe place.
“More of an adult decision than real adults these days. Sad she is only 13 and sexually active but a great thing she left the baby with someone to be safe,” one woman wrote.
“Praying for the parents & the Baby. Being a teen mom isn't for everyone. Thank goodness she left the Baby where she knew the Baby would be taken care of,” another added.