According to the Redlands Police Department, Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, a 28-year-old English teacher at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, California, was arrested Monday evening after allegedly giving birth to a baby fathered by a teen student.
Whitehurst gave birth to the baby on June 18 and Redlands Police Commander Shawn Ryan says, "She was open with her pregnancy. I don't know what her story was to everybody else, but it was an open pregnacy. The school district knew about it."
Whitehurst has been arrested for having sex with the male pupil, who was 16 at the time of the nearly year-long alleged relationship, according to police. The news release states, “Investigators say the child was fathered by the teen.”
The district said that when notified of the allegations, they immediately placed “the teacher” on leave. Whitehurst was not named in the statement, and the district said it would not comment at this time.
According to the statement, "The district takes this arrest very seriously. Our heart goes out to the victim and his family."
Whitehurst was released after posting the $25,000 bail.