St. Louis teen accused of leaving dead newborn in dumpster

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 20 at 9:19 AM

(KMOV) – An 18-year-old girl in north St. Louis faces charges for allegedly wrapping her dead newborn in several trash bags and putting the body in a dumpster.

Lucretia Jordan-Smith is charged with abandonment of a corpse.

According to police, she was home from college for Thanksgiving last year when she gave birth. The baby was a still born.

James Clark with Better Family Life said he agrees Jordan-Smith needs to be held accountable but there’s room for leniency.

“Well I think this case really needs to be looked at.  We are dealing with a young lady who has proven to be upwardly mobile. She has a firm foundation for life. I think this situation warrants review,” said Clark.

Neighbors say Jordan-Smith was an honor student at Soldan before leaving for college. 

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