Written by new contributor Rachel
Being a pregnant teenager is undoubtedly a tough, life changing event. Most teens lose their virginity before they turn 18, nowadays. Thankfully, not all of them get pregnant. Those that do become pregnant are faced with a life full of hard choices and a short childhood. As a general rule I feel bad for pregnant teenagers, but not this one.
Cassidy Goodson of Lakeland, Florida, became pregnant at the young age of 14. When she discovered that she was pregnant is unclear, but after a period of time Cassidy became aware of her condition. She made it clear to investigators that she decided to hide her pregnancy instead of telling her parents.
Cassidy, who weighs only 100 lbs, began wearing baggy clothing to conceal her baby bump. As you can imagine, baggy clothing is only going to hide the pregnant belly of a 100 lb 14 year old for so long.
Over time, friends and other parents noticed that Cassidy was undeniably pregnant. At one point Mrs. Goodson’s sister attempted to talk with her about the pregnancy, but Mrs. Goodson denied that her daughter was pregnant and devised a plan to prove it. She urged her daughter to take a few pregnancy tests to “squash the rumors”, as she put it. However, Mrs. Goodson never checked the tests or even made sure that Cassidy took one.
It is unclear if any pregnancy tests were in fact taken, as Cassidy simply told her mother that the results were neutral.
Around September 19th, 2012, Cassidy went into labor while she was at home. Recognizing that she was about to give birth, Cassidy locked herself in the bathroom and sat on the toilet. She turned on tap water and bit into a towel, hoping that it would be enough to cover her screams.According to Cassidy, she picked up a pair of scissors and began to “pry” the baby out of her with the tips. After digging at the baby and birthing it directly into the toilet, she picked up the injured newborn and felt for a pulse. When she discovered that the baby was alive Cassidy says she immediately choked the baby to death for a full minute. After that she hopped in the shower and washed herself off.
This is where things get really messed up, if that is possible. Apparently Cassidy’s mother noticed a large amount of blood around the toilet and took her daughter to the emergency room, where her daughter “admitted” to her mother and the nurse that she had a miscarriage. After a medical exam, the hospital confirmed that she had signs of a miscarriage.
Cassidy says that she told her mother she had given birth on the toilet, and flushed the tiny dead fetus away without looking. She received medical care and went home.
The dead newborn was hidden in a shoebox in her bedroom until Cassidy could figure out how to dispose of it. Thankfully she never got the chance. Mrs. Goodson does her daughter’s laundry on a regular basis and noticed a foul smell coming from Cassidy’s closet. Investigating the smell led her to the shoebox, where she discovered the baby wrapped in dirty wet clothes. The mother called her sister, who then called 911.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office immediately arrested and charged the young killer with homicide.
Investigators who dealt with the case say that Cassidy was very unremorseful and stoic about what happened. She says that she killed the baby because she didn’t know what else to do with it and she was afraid it might ruin her relationship with her parents. To me, those sound like some pretty good reasons not to have unprotected sex. They are not good reasons to kill your newborn child.
To make things worse, the mother has claimed in court that she and her daughter were totally unaware of the pregnancy. Mrs. Goodson has been quoted as saying that Cassidy “had her period every month”.
When asked why she didn’t check the results of her daughter’s pregnancy tests, she says that she trusted Cassidy. This woman cares more about lying than she does about the loss of her grandson.
This was a premeditated crime. Cassidy Goodson knew that she was pregnant, and knew she had no intentions of keeping the child. She knew when she used those scissors, 32 times on his head and chest, that the baby was not going to live.
Cassidy Goodson delivered and murdered a 9 lb, 20 inch baby boy under the nose of her mother, who is still denying that the she or the girl were even aware of the baby. The worst part of all? Cassidy was sentenced to 18 months in jail. Yes, that’s right, 18 months. I feel so sorry for that little boy. His life was worth much more than 18 months.
Cleo’s Note: Cassidy Goodson had been originally charged with 1st-degree murder and aggravated child abuse but pled guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter on December 19, 2012.
Judge Donald Jacobsen said he was satisfied that Cassidy Goodson was unlikely to pose a threat to anyone else. He considered her “immature” at the time of the murder.
Cassidy will serve her sentence in a maximum security facility for juveniles.
If she completes her sentence without any problems or incidents, Cassidy Goodson will reappear before the judge in 18 months, be placed on probation, and be freed. If she violates the terms of her probation, she could then be charged as an adult, and face up to 15 years in prison.
Cassidy’s grandfather said outside the courtroom, “She’s a good girl… She just made a terrible mistake.”
Ummm, no. Having sex at such a young age was a mistake. Getting pregnant was a mistake. Lying to her parents was a mistake. But stabbing and throttling a helpless newborn baby to death was murder.
It is unacceptable for anybody to minimize the pain that tiny infant endured, nor his horrific death by calling it just a “mistake”.
I truly hope that Cassidy Goodson will evolve into a decent human being complete with remorse, empathy and compassion.
RIP little baby boy.
And thank you Rachel for your contribution to Hellbeasts.