Three months after she was put in jail and charged with murdering her newborn daughter and hiding the infant's body, a North Carolina teen has been released on bond.
Rebecca Jo Blackmore, 16, of Knotts Island, was released from the Currituck County Detention Center on a $250,000 bond Tuesday, according to Lindsay Voorhees, a spokeswoman for the Currituck County Sheriff's Office.
In June, Blackmore was charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of her infant daughter.
According to the sheriff's office, Blackmore sought treatment at the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center on June 17. While there she allegedly said she had just given birth and that the baby was dead in her home.
When authorities went to Blackmore's residence in the 200 block of Knotts Island Road, they found the baby's body hidden inside Blackmore's bedroom closet.
The medical examiner's office in Greenville, N.C., later determined that "the baby was alive at birth and survived only for a very short period of time, and the death was caused by multiple stab wounds," according to Sheriff Susan Johnson.
Blackmore -- a student at Currituck County High School -- was charged as an adult in the killing.
Blackmore's attorney, Andrew Womble, did not immediately return a call for comment from The Huffington Post today. In July, Womble told WAVY-TV his client was "[e]xtremely distraught, extremely sensitive."
"These kinds of cases take a long time and what we're talking about is a 16-year-old girl and there's a lot of different factors to consider on both sides," Womble said.
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North Carolina has a safe haven law, which states "you can leave your baby, up to 7 days old, with an employee on duty at any hospital" and several other approved locations. The mother is not required to provide any identifying information. Children who are dropped off become a ward of the state, according to the law.
If convicted of killing her daughter Blackmore faces life in prison without parole. A trial date has not been set yet.
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