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Teens indicted for first-degree murder in death of infant

suspects December 9, 1996
Web posted at: 2:20 p.m. EST

WILMINGTON, Delaware (CNN) -- A grand jury Monday returned indictments of first-degree murder against two teen-agers.

Brian Peterson Jr. and his girlfriend, Amy Grossberg, had been charged with killing Grossberg's newborn son. The teen-agers, both 18 years old, have been held in jail since Delaware law does not allow bond for a defendant in a capital offense.

Peterson was charged with first-degree murder of the baby, whose body was found in a Newark, Delaware, motel trash bin in November. Grossberg was charged earlier with first-degree murder. She entered a plea of not guilty.

The two suspects face a possible death penalty if convicted.

Peterson, a student at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, drove three hours to Newark on November 12 and picked up Grossberg at her dormitory at the University of Delaware, according to police.

They checked into a motel. Authorities said Peterson admitted he helped deliver the baby and put it in the trash bin where it was found the next day.

An autopsy found the boy was born healthy but died of a skull fracture and brain injuries. Investigators don't know if the injury happened before or after the baby was put in the trash.

Grossberg returned to her dorm after the birth, but authorities learned her baby was missing when she was hospitalized for apparent postnatal complications.

Peterson and Grossberg both grew up in affluent neighborhoods in northern New Jersey, just outside New York.

Grossberg's attorneys have said that their client has not committed any crime.


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