- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - A 17-year-old girl has agreed to stand trial on a murder charge after her newborn daughter was found partially buried outside an apartment complex in western Michigan.

Jessica Brewster waived her right to a probable cause hearing Tuesday in Muskegon County District Court. She now faces trial in Muskegon County Circuit Court on an open murder charge.

An open murder charge means a jury can choose between first- and second-degree murder verdicts.

Police say Brewster admits smothering the baby because she feared her mother’s reaction to the pregnancy.

Brewster was a straight-A student at Muskegon High School with no criminal record. The baby was born in a bathroom on Oct. 15.

A janitor at an apartment complex where Brewster’s grandmother lives found the body Nov. 10.

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