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Jessica and Tom were in her mother's backyard one summer day when her mom told them the news about a baby found in the quarry. "It made everything so real," Jessica says. "It made me feel so terrible about everything that had happened."

Jessica says she then thought that she would get caught. "I was constantly afraid," she says. Part of the reason Jessica says she didn't confess early on was that she didn't want to lose Tom.

Jessica says once she heard the news, she was tempted to talk to her mother. "I felt that if I could just tell her, then I wouldn't have to be afraid anymore," Jessica says. "I knew she was my mom and she would love me regardless of anything else, and Tom was there with me. We could have just sat down and told her. But that's not what happened."

Jessica's mother, Jennifer, says she heard about the case on television. "I actually asked Jessica, 'Who wouldn't be able to talk to their parents?'" Jennifer says. "And she just said, 'Mom, I don't know who would do that.' I never thought it would be my daughter."
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