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.