17-year-old Cheyenne Corbett made some bad choices in her life.
First off, she had sex with her boyfriend without anything in the way of contraception. That’s always bad.
Second, Cheyenne Corbett neglected to get treatment or help as her pregnancy rolled along. Bad bad.
Third, Cheyenne lied to her parents and friends when they asked her repeatedly during her last four months of pregnancy if she was pregnant. Apparently she told some of them she was just getting fat, and others that she had miscarried. Bad!
Fourth, she ignored the labor pains she felt during band camp, went home and at 3 in the morning on the 22nd of July, 2006, gave birth to her baby girl in the shower. BAD!
Fifth, Cheyenne Corbett took the baby, wrapped her up in a towel and put her in an entertainment center instead of taking the baby somewhere that she wouldn’t suffocate to death.
Cheyenne did clean up the bathroom, though.
Point in her favor.
Her mother, noticing that Cheyenne was bleeding profusely, took her to the hospital, where the trained staff immediately recognized that she had just given birth. Instead of telling the nice people that there was a baby girl at her parent’s house, just waiting for someone to take care of her, Cheyenne told the hospital workers that she was only five months pregnant and that she had been having signs of going through a spontaneous abortion.
Further testing revealed the truth, and police were sent to Cheyenne Corbett’s parents’ house, where the baby was found in the entertainment center.
The lies continued for a while. Cheyenne Corbett told police that her boyfriend didn’t know he had gotten her pregnant, while in reality friends had taken them both to a clinic that had confirmed that Cheyenne was, in fact, pregnant.
Cheyenne told police that she was scared of what her parents would do when they found out she was pregnant, but her 18-year-old big sister had, not too long ago, given birth to an illegitimate child and her parents had been supportive.
Colorado authorities charged Cheyenne with first-degree murder and child abuse.
The lawyers saw that the case against Ms. Corbett was pretty good, and that their own defense was a little shaky, so they convinced Cheyenne to drop the “not guilty” plea and negotiate a shorter sentence in exchange for a guilty plea to a charge of child abuse resulting in death..
Cheyenne pled guilty to that charge on the 2nd of October, 2007. The judge will possibly give the now-18-year-old a sentence of somewhere between 16 to 48 years in prison.
Cheyenne Corbett will be sentenced on the 14th of December, 2007.
On the 14th of December, 2007, during her sentencing hearing, Cheyenne Corbett said she wanted to others to learn from her mistake when she hid her pregnancy from her family and friends and killed her newborn baby girl.
According to Cheyenne Corbett:
I don’t want anyone else to ever have to go through that. All I’m asking is keeping this from happening to one more family, one more baby. I would never mean to hurt anybody.
After Cheyenne’s statement, Mesa County District Court Judge Richard Gurley sentenced Corbett to 16 years in prison, the lowest amount of prison time allowed under Corbett’s previous guilty plea of a felony charge of child abuse resulting in death.