Goodison delivered her son on September 19th at home in the bathroom. She turned on the water, sat on the toilet, and to muffle the screams, bit down as hard as she could on a towel.
As the baby began to come out, Goodison took a pair of scissors and pulled the newborn from her body. Exhausted, she checked the baby for a pulse. After detecting one, she choked him until he was no longer breathing. Goodison then put the newborn corpse in a shoe box and hid him among the dirty laundry in her room.
Shortly afterwards, her mother, Teresa Goodison noticed some blood in the toilet. Knowing that her daughter was the last one in there, she took her to the hospital. A doctor told Teresa that her daughter had miscarried, and had several cuts to her vagina wall.
Going along with the doctor's explanation, Cassidy told her mother that she indeed had a miscarriage, and that she flushed the baby down the toilet by mistake. But when Teresa went into Cassidy's room three days later to clean it, she discovered the dead baby in the box mixed in with a bag of dirty clothes.
Cassidy's parents wondered about their daughter's weight gain and use of over-sized jogging pants and shirts throughout the summer. Her dad, Timothy Goodison was so certain that she was pregnant, he gave her a pregnancy test - twice. Cassidy somehow fooled them into believing that she wasn't pregnant though.
She was home free when she quietly delivered the baby under the radar. All she had to do was hide the body, but the 14-year-old in her kicked in: she hid the baby in the bedroom.
In an interview, Cassidy said that she concealed the pregnancy, strangled the baby to death and hid the body because she was scared that the relationship between her and her parents would change. Now, the relationship between her and her parents has changed.
Cassidy was taken to a juvenile detention center but is being charged as an adult with premeditated first-degree capital murder and aggravated child abuse. She will have the rest of her life to deal with the series of decisions that changed her life.