Woman abandoned newborn, gagged him with tampon applicator
An Indianapolis woman has admitted to giving birth in a restroom then dumping the newborn boy gagged and bound with toilet paper in a garbage can, expecting him to die.
A judge entered a preliminary not guilty plea Wednesday for 22-year-old Briana Holland on charges including attempted murder and child neglect.
Police arrested Holland after her co-workers at an Indianapolis warehouse found the newborn Friday night.
Court documents say the baby’s head was covered in a bag, part of a tampon applicator was shoved inside his mouth and toilet paper was wrapped 15 times around his neck.
A police affidavit cited by Fox59 says Holland stated she was scared and could not afford to care for her son while attending college and holding down a job.
The affidavit said when the detective asked Holland what she thought would happen to the baby she replied: ‘I know what the results would probably be. It would probably die.’
The baby, who is in the custody of child welfare officials, was purple, cold and gasping for air when the co-workers found in the trash can, court documents said.
A maintenance worker at the industrial facility has been credited with saving the child’s life.
The station WANE reported that the unnamed employee was alerted by a colleague to strange sounds coming from a trash bin in a restroom.
Upon discovering the source of the noise, the worker wrapped the baby’s cold body in a shirt to keep him warm and stopped the bleeding from the umbilical cord with his bare hands.
Doctors at Riley Hospital said the newborn could have bled to death or succumbed to hypothermia if it wasn’t for the Good Samaritan’s efforts.
Holland’s boyfriend told police that she had kept her pregnancy secret from her family and hadn’t received any prenatal care.
He said he found out about her giving birth on Twitter and intends to seek custody of the child, the affidavit said.
After being contacted by employees at United Technology Carrier Corporation last Friday, police arrived to find the newborn inside the company’s bathroom trash can.
Police recovered the baby at around 8pm that evening – thought to be only an hour after he was born.
Holland reportedly went right back to her work station after delivering her son in the bathroom. She was arrested by detectives at 5am the following morning and taken away for processing.
The 22-year-old’s twin sister and father also work at the warehouse, but she did not go to them for help when she went into labor. Holland also did not seek assistance from a medical station located at the site.