A 14-year-old girl who delivered her own baby and left the newborn in the woods to die was reacting to an unanswered cry for help, her school principal said Thursday.
``My personal feeling right now is that the system broke down in trying to help this young lady,' said Everette Corriher, principal of Erwin Junior High School in Rowan County.The girl has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of the baby, who the girl said was fathered by her 15-year-old brother. The girl told authorities she gave birth April 2 in her home, cut the umbilical cord and hid the baby under leaves in nearby woods.
The girl was in the custody of Rowan County social services officials and had a hearing in juvenile court set for today. Her brother has been charged with forcible rape.
The principal said he wasn't placing the blame for the girl's desperate act on any individual or group.