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Birth to alleged killer, 14, begs question

Aug. 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM   |   Comments

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A teenage girl on trial for murder gave birth, prompting members of her Jamaican community to question whether she was properly monitored by the state.

Residents in her community said they were calling for an investigation into the state oversight of the teen, saying officials must "make sure she is under control," The Gleaner reported Thursday.

"This needs an investigation," one resident told the newspaper. "Imagine, she pregnant while she [facing trial] and you tell me nobody never [knew]?"

The teen was released in bail and returned to her community. She reportedly had a dispute last year with Chrissann Wilson, who is from the same community. On July 21, 2011, the two got into an argument and the teen, who was 13 then, allegedly stabbed Wilson in the neck, The Gleaner said.

The teen faces a charge of murder while her mother was charged with conspiracy to murder and accessory after the fact for allegedly hiding her daughter from authorities, officials said.

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