Mom Released in Fetus Found in Trash Can Case

The teen accused of discarding her newborn in a bathroom trash can at her high school is out of jail this morning after two weeks behind bars.

A judge granted the release of Cherlie LaFleur, 19, Tuesday, according to court records.

LaFleur was held at Lancaster County Prison on $1 million bail. She's charged with concealing the death of a child, a misdemeanor.

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.

Gratton said his client has lived a tough life.

"She's a terrified kid who has been through things in her young life that most of us cannot even imagine," he told Lancaster Online.


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Court records show no future court dates.

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