A teen had an illegal abortion in Nebraska when she was 17. She burned and buried the baby’s body several times to get rid of “evidence.”
Celeste Burgess, 19, of Norfolk, entered a guilty plea in May to felony charges of removing, concealing, or abandoning a dead human body.
According to documents filed in district court, misdemeanor charges of false reporting and concealing a death were dismissed.
Prosecutors said the teen’s mom ordered abortion pills online and gave them to her daughter in April 2022.
After inducing her miscarriage, Burgess and her mother, Jessica Burgess, 42, buried, exhumed, and reburied the fetal remains twice, attempting to burn them after the second exhumation.
They buried the aborted baby a third time with the help of a friend. The friend later pled no contest to charges of attempting to conceal the baby’s death.
Burgess discussed her miscarriage with a coworker, stating she had to “dig up and burn the baby’s body,”
The teen was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 24 months of probation. Court records show she is an inmate at Madison County Jail.