Teen Mom Accused In Newborn's Murder

A 16-year-old girl has been charged with the first degree murder of her newborn baby.

Rebecca Jo Blackmore of Knotts Island has a Monday court appearance on the charge in Currituck County.

Deputies say they were alerted by Chesapeake, Virginia police last Friday that a 16-year-old girl was in the emergency room at Chesapeake General Hospital. The girl told Virginia authorities that she had just given birth to a baby girl and it was dead in the closet of her bedroom.

Deputies found the baby in the closet and say an autopsy shows the newborn died of stab wounds. The Medical Examiner's Office in Greenville says the baby was born alive and survived only for a short amount of time. The cause of death was multiple stab wounds.

Blackmore is being held without bond.


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  • by New2Greenville Location: Greenville on Jun 25, 2011 at 09:19 PM
    There is no Excuse for Her, Period....................
  • by Me Location: Wasington on Jun 24, 2011 at 01:49 PM
    I myself was a teen mother and could not imagine doing that to a baby. Being 16 years old does not make what she did ok because she is a minor. There are laws now that protect girls like that. You can take a baby to a Fire Department, Hospital or Police Department and leave them with someone inside. No questions asked. Do not kill the babies they did not ask you to lay down and have sex and get pregnant. Grow up if you have sex there can be conquences.
  • by unknown on Jun 24, 2011 at 01:24 PM
    She needs to have the same thing done to her. How could u look at that miriacle and then stab it to death. What a cold hearted person. I can never watch the news again after this. What is this world coming to.
  • by fluff Location: notown on Jun 23, 2011 at 03:14 PM
    Ok WANDA, have you lost your mind. This is far from post partum depression. This chick had more than ample resources to go to in her community along with the closest communities around her. There is no reason for this behavior from any one, whether they have been raped or they were just having fun with no care about the consequences. She needs to be locked in the chair and given FULL STRENGTH.
  • by ginger Location: greenville on Jun 23, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    This girl just turned 16 less than two months ago. If this were April 23 instead of June 23 she would be tried as a minor. But now she is being held as adult for FELONY MURDER without bond. How could she do something so evil and so self-destructive?? District CURRITUCK BLACKMORE,REBECCA 04/24/1995 07/06/2011 0001 AM 2011CR050639
  • by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 10:15 AM
    This girl doesn't deserve a trial, nor a lawyer to defend her. I understand she's still a child herself, but what she did is inexcuseable. Her actions make me wonder what her parents are like. Killing the infant is worthy of the death penalty, 16 years old or not. People like this should not be running around in society.
  • by Dalphyne on Jun 23, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    How in the world can anyone stab a newborn infant to death. It is unhuman. The mother should be punished and she really need some help with her mind and thinking. Where were this 16 year old girl's parents?
  • by plymouth 2 on Jun 22, 2011 at 09:34 PM
    This girl should be put to death immediately. There is absolutely no excuse for what she did. Now if you kill a pregnant women. no matter how far along they are in the pregnancy, you are charged for two murders not one. This child was alive and breathing she died from stab wounds. People like this should be sterilized but then again Perdue will just give the compensation from our tax dollars. The monster should die for what she did!!! No trial, no jury, no judge, just straight to the chair!!!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 10:20 AM in reply to plymouth 2
      Amen! Obviously if she's able to committ murder like an adult, she should be able to die like one. There should be no mercy on the grounds that she's a minor.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 11:49 AM in reply to Anonymous
        Good thing in NC you are treated as an Adult no matter what the crime at 16
  • by Wanda Location: Roanoke Rapids, NC on Jun 22, 2011 at 07:54 PM
    So sad. Some of these comments show a lot of people with little understanding or compassion of human growth and development - that of the mother - who is still a child. It's not even disclosed yet if someone else was involved with the stabbling, and the girl did report it and not try to cover it up, which says a lot. In this day and time, it's hard to believe she would have killed it after it was born unless there was something wrong instead of having an abortion, regardless of what I believe about abortion. My guess is that IF she did this herself, she was scared out of her wits and didn't know what to do. Women much older, richer, wiser, more educated suffer from post partum problems. Someone older can't justifiably blame everything on hormones, but how many men complain about how they affect their wives, and try to blame them for their own juvenile behavior. And yes, where were the parents and biological father that should have been helping her in this??? From what I've read so far, none of her "friends" or "peers" have mentioned them, she might have even been raped or the victim of incest - both wreak havoc with your psyche. "Right" or "wrong", you never know what makes people do what they do.
  • by Liz(to beth) Location: currituck on Jun 22, 2011 at 07:37 PM
    beth i feel your ignorant for trying to compare it to abortion.
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