Nebraska woman charged with a felony for helping daughter have abortion
Nebraska woman charged with a felony for helping daughter have abortion. Investigators discovered Facebook chats between a Nebraska lady and her teenage daughter about plans to use medication to induce an abortion and burn the fetus afterward. The two also discussed using medication to induce an abortion. Norfolk police reportedly started looking into Celeste Burgess and her mother, Jessica Burgess, in late April due to suspicions Celeste had given birth to a stillborn child too soon, according to court documents.
As a result of a 2010 restriction, the prosecutor in charge of the case stated that this is the first time he has filed charges against anyone for performing an abortion after 20 weeks. States were not permitted to enforce abortion bans until the point at which a fetus is considered viable outside the womb, at approximately 24 weeks, before the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade in June.
Jessica Burgess, 41, informs her daughter, who was then 17 years old, in one of the Facebook chats that she has bought abortion pills for her and provides directions on how to take them in order to stop the pregnancy. The daughter “talks about how she can’t wait to get the ‘thing’ out of her body,” according to court documents. In one of the messages, she says, “I will finally be able to wear jeans.” The messages were obtained by law enforcement using a search warrant, and some of them were detailed in court documents.
On June 7, investigators delivered a search warrant to Meta, the parent company of Facebook (FB), asking for details regarding Celeste and her mother’s accounts. Within two days, Facebook (FB) provided the findings of the search warrants. According to court records, the corporation provided more than 250 MB of data pertaining to Celeste’s Facebook (FB) account and more than 50 MB of data pertaining to Jessica’s account. Such data included account details, pictures, audio and video recordings, messages, and other information.
In early June, the mother and daughter were charged with a single felony, removing, concealing, or abandoning a body, and two misdemeanors, concealing another person’s death and false reporting. The felony abortion-related charges against the mother were added about a month later, after investigators reviewed the private Facebook messages. At the request of prosecutors, the daughter, who is now 18, is being charged as an adult.