Always In Our Hearts: The Story Of Amy Grossberg, Brian Peterson, The Pregnancy They Hid And The Baby They Killed

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Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson grew up in a wealthy New Jersey suburb, meeting and falling in love while still in high school, then set out for college with their classmates. But in November of their Freshman Year, the two young lovers spent a night in a Delaware motel room where, after hiding her pregnancy from her family and her friends for nine months, Amy gave birth to a baby boy. Only she and Brian knew the child even existed . . . until the next morning when the newborn's corpse turned up in the motel dumpster. The case caused a countrywide outrage, and the teenagers ended up in court, desperately fighting for their lives and ultimately against each other...

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This case sparked a debate about how parents and their teenagers fail to communicate about sex and the dangerous consequences that can result. It also was the case that prompted states to begin passing so-called "Safe Haven" laws, permitting mothers to drop off their unwanted infants at designated safe zones like hospitals. Planned Parenthood listed this book as recommended reading for high school students, and I have traveled around speaking to high schools about the case and how the tragedy could have been avoided with one conversation.

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"GET RID OF IT! GET RID OF IT!"

Wycoff, New Jersey is an affluent suburb of beautiful houses, manicured lawns, and privileged, educated families. The perfect place to raise children. The kind of place where nothing bad ever happens. But on November 11, 1996, something very bad happened.

For nine months, pretty, petite Amy Grossberg hid her pregnancy from everyone except her boyfriend Brian Peterson, both of whom grew up in Wycoff. In desperate letters from her freshman dorm room at the University of Delaware, Amy would tell Brian that she kept wishing their problem would simply disappear. So she continued as if nothing were wrong hoping it would just go away.

Until the contractions started. On that frigid November night, Brian drove from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to pick up Amy and take her to a Delaware motel room, where they would deliver their baby. Moments after it was born, Amy screamed for Brian to get rid of the child, so he put the baby in a trash bag and dumped it in a freezing garbage bin near the motel. But complications from the pregnancy landed Amy in the hospital, where she and Brian were forced to confess their crime.

In a case that stole the headlines and galvanized the nation, Amy and Brian both pled guilty and each received a few years of jail time. And though the judge made his decision, the verdict is still out with much of the country: were the two teenagers simply guilty of immaturity and societal pressure-or were they selfish baby killers who needed to dispose of a human life because it inconvenienced theirs? Find out the whole fascinating story from award-winning investigative reporter Doug Most, who meticulously covered the case for The Bergen Record.

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