Celeste Burgess

Photo Credit: Norfolk Daily News

MADISON - A Norfolk woman could be facing jail time after being found guilty of improperly disposing a fetus she was carrying.

According to the Norfolk Daily News, 18-year-old Celeste Burgess pleaded guilty in Madison County District Court on Monday to one count of prohibited acts with human skeletal remains, which is punishable by up to two years in prison.

Back in June of last year, prosecutors charged Burgess after they discovered messages between the woman and her mother, 42-year-old Jessica Burgess, who instructed her daughter to take Pregot pills, which terminated the younger Burgess’ pregnancy at 30 weeks.

Following the termination, a third man provided the mother/daughter duo transportation to and from multiple destinations where they buried the fetus.

The older Burgess is facing charges of prohibited acts with human skeletal remains, concealing the death of another person, false reporting, abortion at greater than 20 weeks’ gestation and abortion by an unlicensed physician, punishable by up to 8 years in prison.

As part of the plea, prosecutors dropped two misdemeanor charges of concealing the death of another person and false reporting that Celeste was also facing. Sentencing is set for July 20th.

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