A woman is facing up to 20 years in prison for felony child abandonment after she left her newborn girl outside a Texas apartment building, according to police.
Sidney Woytasczyk, 21, claims she didn’t know she was pregnant until she gave birth to the baby at home. But authorities think otherwise. They believe Woytasczyk did, in fact, know she was pregnant but wanted to keep it a secret, KHOU reported.
Sometime around midnight Thursday, the young woman gave birth alone in her apartment kitchen.
Afterward, she clipped the umbilical cord, walked outside, laid the infant on the ground, and went back inside to go to bed, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said in a press conference Monday.
The little girl was found that night after a passer-by heard her crying outside the Houston apartment complex. Authorities said the child had her umbilical cord ripped out.
Albert Peterson, who found the newborn, said the baby was on the ground in a dirt-filled flower bed, covered head to toe in ants, with fluid leaking out of her umbilical cord.
Woytasczyk was taken into custody after police found a trail of blood that led to her apartment.
The baby girl on Tuesday remained in the neonatal ICU at Texas Children’s Hospital, where she is being treated for a bacterial infection and rapid heartbeat.
Reportedly, the girl’s father, Deandre Skillern, has not been charged and no other charges are expected. He and the baby’s maternal grandmother are allegedly fighting for custody.
Skillern said he had no idea Woytasczyk was pregnant and only found out when the baby was discovered, the Daily Mail reported.
Last month, a teenage father abandoned his 16-day-old son in a Northern California strip mall parking lot. Authorities say the newborn was in critical but stable condition. The father, 18-year-old Daniel Mitchell, was caught on surveillance video removing a car seat holding his newborn boy from a vehicle, placing it on the pavement and then driving away.
Employees from a nearby barber shop informed police after noticing the unattended car seat had a baby in it. Police were able to get the vehicle’s license plate from surveillance video and identify Mitchell.
Mitchell was taken into custody on suspicion of child endangerment, child abandonment, committing a felony while free on bail and misdemeanor possession of suspected cocaine.
Earlier this week, we reported on another horrifying story with abuse of an infant. Two young babysitters are currently facing charges after they allegedly posted a Snapchat of themselves putting an infant inside a refrigerator.
The teen girls, whose identities have not been released, were watching the child Monday at a Danvers-area home when they filmed the video, according to reports.
The footage shows the girls place the baby in the refrigerator, close the door, and laugh while the infant screams.
The girls, who are from Swampscott, were taken into custody last Tuesday after the video was reported to the Department of Children and Families.
They both face charges of child endangerment and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Click the video below to see the infant when initially found. – (Warning: Graphic Video)
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