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Feb 11th, 2006, 03:55 AM
NEW YORK (AP) - A teenager who walked into a suburban hospital with a dead newborn in her backpack hours after giving birth has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, police said Friday.

Zehra Catalbas, 18, of Mount Sinai, N.Y., pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Thursday and was released on $10,000 US bail.

She apparently had kept her pregnancy secret until giving birth in the shower at her family's Long Island home Feb. 4, said Lieut. Jack Fitzpatrick, a Suffolk County detective.

Catalbas walked into Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson with the dead baby in her backpack and told doctors she was in pain. An autopsy showed the baby died of asphyxiation.

The teen's father had a heart attack after being told what happened, but is recovering Fitzpatrick said.


Feb 11th, 2006, 04:13 AM
That's sad on so many levels. :sad:

Feb 11th, 2006, 04:53 AM
i'm seriously going to vomit.

Feb 11th, 2006, 05:04 AM
I cant believe it...she should use condom for God's sake...too young to get pregnant.
She ruined her own life

Feb 11th, 2006, 06:43 AM
Well, at least she didn't have to have pay for an abortion. :tape:
And what's up with her dad having a heart attack?

Feb 11th, 2006, 07:14 AM
Absolutely in-credible.

...and sad. :sad:

Feb 11th, 2006, 07:30 AM

Feb 11th, 2006, 07:40 AM

her name sounds middle-eastern. well, zehra. maybe her family is muslim or somehing.

Feb 11th, 2006, 07:44 AM
Maybe so. Thats awful...
Hiding an entire pregnancy when she lives at home? I wonder how she pulled that off.. & why her mother esp didnt pick up on it.