Nebraska Teen Sentenced To 90 Days In Jail After Burning Fetus Following Illegal Abortion, Prosecutors Say

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A Nebraska teen was sentenced to 90 days in jail after getting an illegal late-term abortion with her mother’s assistance, reports Insider

Celeste Burgess, 19, pleaded guilty in May to

“one count of removing, concealing, or abandoning a dead body,”

as part of a plea deal according to News Channel Nebraska Central. Burgess who was 17 at the time had help from her mother, Jessica Burgess, to abort her fetus at 24 weeks.

The 41-year-old mother had provided her daughter with abortion pills to induce a stillbirth in April of last year. In Facebook messages sent from the teen to her mother 

“she talks about how she can’t wait to get the ‘thing’ out of her body,”

a detective wrote in court documents.

“I will finally be able to wear jeans,”

she says in one of the messages. 

Celeste had reportedly lied to investigators claiming she had miscarried and had a burial for the baby. However, according to Tanner Barnhill, 22, who was an accomplice in the crime, the mother-daughter duo tried to burn the fetus before burying it on his parent’s property. 

The mother pleaded guilty to

“providing an illegal abortion, false reporting, and tampering with human remains,”

Insider reported.

Before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, states were allowed to perform abortions up until the fetus is deemed viable outside the womb,

“at roughly 24 weeks”

(6 months). The Nebraska abortion limit has since been decreased from 20 to 12 weeks in May this year, according to PBS. 

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