Mubashra Uddin was terrified that her parents would learn she was pregnant, especially after she gave birth in the room she shared with her sister.Cook County Sheriff’s Office
As the Chicago Tribune reports, Uddin was 19-years-old when she learned she was pregnant by her boyfriend. Aware that her Muslim, Pakistani parents disapproved of the relationship, the Chicago teen hid the pregnancy from her family.
According to ABC 7 News, only Uddin’s boyfriend and one other friend knew about the baby. Uddin wore baggy clothing to conceal the pregnancy and never received any prenatal care.
On the night of November 11, 2015, while Uddin’s 10-year-old sister slept in the same room, the teen gave birth to a seven-pound, 11-ounce baby girl. Evidence gathered from the scene included bloody sheets and the scissors Uddin had used to cut the umbilical cord.
Only a few minutes after giving birth to her daughter, Uddin heard her mother walking down the hall toward her room. That’s when the teen opened the window, held the baby out head first, and dropped her.
Uddin was on the eighth floor of an uptown Chicago apartment building.
The fall caused massive injuries and fractures to the newborn girl, but the baby was still alive when a neighbor found her body. The man wrapped the infant, bloody but breathing, in shirts and blankets until paramedics arrived. The baby died at the hospital approximately 90 minutes later.
The infant’s death was ruled a homicide, and Uddin was eventually arrested and charged with first-degree murder. While her parents made no public statements, they did appear in court to support her.
Those who know Uddin described her actions as extremely out-of-character, brought on by her fear of being an unwed mother and the probable reaction of her conservative and religious family. According to ABC 7, a childhood friend of Uddin told a Cook County judge:
“At that moment she probably wasn’t thinking and she cracked … because the Mubashra I know wouldn’t do something like this if she was in right state of mind.”
According to the Tribune, Uddin’s friend added that the teen’s home life was very difficult:
“Sometimes she felt under pressure to be this perfect daughter … even pressure to be this perfect Muslim woman that prayed, fasted, was humble and also didn’t make mistakes.”
Uddin’s attorney claimed his client was contrite, heartbroken, and confused. Her boyfriend’s mother added that Uddin’s parents had pulled the model student out of school after learning about their relationship. She believed that Uddin wasn’t in the “right state of mind” and told the Tribune:
“With all her family has put her through, I’m surprised she didn’t jump out of the window herself.”
Last week, Uddin pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. She was sentenced to four years’ probation and fined $579. She was also given credit for the 603 days served in Cook County Jail. According to her attorney, she was treated for depression while in jail.