Sad Story Locally

Mercyhurst student charged with killing her infant
Tuesday, September 18, 2007

ERIE, Pa. — Erie police charged a Mercyhurst College volleyball player today with killing the baby she secretly gave birth to in her on-campus apartment.

Teri Rhodes, 18, faces several criminal charges, including homicide and concealing the death of a child. Ms. Rhodes was to be arraigned later today in Erie.

The sophomore from Commerce, Mich., apparently hid her pregnancy from friends and teammates and passed a sports physical that cleared her to play volleyball just two days before she gave birth, police said.

A coroner ruled the death of the baby a homicide, saying the infant girl had been alive for about 10 minutes before being suffocated.

Ms. Rhodes left Mercyhurst and has been living at her parents’ house near Detroit.

First published on September 18, 2007 at 4:04 pm
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