Mesa teen arrested after allegedly tossing newborn out window

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

MESA, Ariz. -- A Mesa teenager is facing charges of attempted homicide and child abuse after her injured newborn baby was found discarded in a shed at her home.

Maricopa County sheriff's deputies arrested the 16-year-old girl Tuesday night. Her name has not been released since she's a juvenile.

Deputies were called to the suspect's home on Sunday and found her bleeding profusely after giving birth. Paramedics took her to a local hospital.

Deputies searched the property for about 30 minutes and found the infant in a shed attached to the home.

Investigators have determined that the teen wanted to conceal the pregnancy from her family, according to Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Brandon Jones.

Deputies believe she secretly gave birth in the family's bathroom then tossed the baby out the window in an attempt to hide the infant.

Jones said the baby fell approximately 5 feet and hit a brick. The child sustained a skull fracture and was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Jones said the infant is responding well to medical staff and is expected to survive. The baby will remain in the custody of Child Protective Services.