HOUSTON (Covering Katy) – A 16-year-old mother who is accused of dumping her newborn son in a dumpster February 25, 2014 has been arrested and charged with abandoning a child without intent to return, which is a 2nd degree felony. The teen will remain in custody according to the Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson.
Investigators say the girl claims she gave birth to the child in a bathtub and thought the child was dead. That’s when she says she put the child in a bag with other household trash and disposed of it in the dumpster. The girl also claims she did not know she was pregnant.
A maintenance worker named Carlos found the child and his co-worker took the picture of the infant that is featured at the top of this story. The dumpster where the baby was found is in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 9900 block of Windmill Lakes. The complex is called the Reserve at Windmill Lakes.
The mother since decided to name the baby Carlos after the man who saved his life.
Carlos’s co-worker told us they were making the rounds, picking up trash as they do every morning at the Southeast Houston apartment complex. Carlos went to the dumpster to dump the items he’d put in a 5 gallon can when he saw movement. Originally he thought it was a cat in the dumpster and he began to walk away. Seconds later hear heard the baby cry and went back to investigate and discovered the living newborn boy.
Both the teen mother and her aunt were present at a Friday morning hearing where it was decided that the baby will remain in temporary Child Protective Services custody.
The teen told the caseworker that the baby’s father is a 22-year-old man who she has not spoken to in six months.
According to KPRC the judge said supervised visits between Baby Carlos and the mother will be allowed, unless the boy’s guardian thinks it is not in the child’s best interest.
Court testimony indicated the teen’s mother lives in Alvin, but the girl has been living with her aunt in southeast Houston for the last two years.
The District Attorney is reminding the public that there are safe ways to surrender your baby. Under the state’s Baby Moses law, a child younger than 60 days old can be turned over, with no questions asked, to an employee at any hospital or fire station.
Dumpster Baby’s Mother Charged With Felony – Remains In Custody was originally published on news92fm.com