Pa. teen accused of tossing fetus granted release

Cherlie LaFleur

May 16, 2013 5:25:18 AM PDT
A judge has granted the release of a teenager jailed for two weeks after authorities say she discarded her newborn in a bathroom trash can at her central Pennsylvania high school.

Nineteen-year-old Cherlie LaFleur had been held at Lancaster County Prison on $1 million bail. She's charged with concealing the death of a child, a misdemeanor. The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reports the judge granted her release Tuesday.

Lancaster police say she gave birth in a McCaskey East High School bathroom last month and discarded the fetus in a trash can after trying to flush it down the toilet.

Attorney James Gratton says LaFleur moved to the area from her native Haiti with her father and stepmother after the earthquake there in 2010. He says she believed the baby was stillborn.