Newborn baby found under bloody paper towels inside hospital trash can
Authorities say a doctor found a newborn baby girl under bloody paper towels inside a hospital garbage can.
According to the Sun Sentinel, authorities say the baby's mother put her there.
Dr. Judson Newman Krosney, of Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, found the baby alive in the garbage can after the mother gave birth, the Sun Sentinel reports.
A police report states the mother, 25-year-old Rubi Ramirez of Fort Lauderdale, was taken to the hospital because of abdominal pain on Oct. 5. Police say the woman's mother found her bleeding in the restroom and called nurses for help.
Dr. Krosney, who was treating Ramierz, noticed the nurses near the bathroom. The Sun Sentinel reports that the doctor asked her if she was pregnant, and she said no.
The doctor searched the bathroom and found the newborn beneath a pile of bloodied paper towels in a plastic-lined garbage can.
Florida Department of Children and Families placed the child in foster care while authorities conduct their investigation.
According to the Sun Sentinel, Remirez told authorities she didn't know she was pregnant and that the baby "fell" into the garbage can. She also claims that she called for help and told medical staff that the baby was in the garbage.
After further questioning, Ramirez confessed to knowing that she was pregnant before coming to the hospital and putting the baby in the garbage, the Sun Sentinel states.
Ramirez's attorney, Jeffrey Bloom, told the Sun Sentinel Friday: "We believe that there are some mental health issues involved in this case. We are going to investigate further and as the facts develop, we believe it will be shown that Ms. Ramirez is the victim in this case.”
The Sun Sentinel states that Remirez has been in the hospital since being taken into custody.
She faces charges of abuse of a child without great bodily harm and desertion of a child. Her attorney filed a not guilty plea on her behalf with the court.
She was granted a $5,000 bond and ordered not to have contact with her baby, according to the Sun Sentinel.