18-year-old Everett girl who allegedly left her newborn in dumpster released without bail
EVERETT, Wash. — An Everett District Court judge on Friday released an 18-year-old high school girl accused of leaving her newborn baby in a dumpster on her own recognizance.
The Everett Herald reported that the judge ordered the girl, however, not to have contact with “Baby Doe” or any other children under the age of 10.
On March 25, a passerby heard what sounded like cries coming from the dumpster at the Mirabella Apartments in the 800 block of 112th Street SE and called police. Officers found a newborn baby boy still alive in the dumpster. The infant is reportedly healthy and now in custody of Child Protective Services.
Earlier this week, police detectives received an anonymous tip “indicating that a local high-school girl was potentially the mother. The girl had been pregnant while attending school but dropped out for about a month. Upon returning, she was no longer pregnant and refused to talk with friends about what happened,” the Everett Police news release said.
Detectives located the 18-year-old and she “admitted to giving birth on March 25th and panicked. She wrapped the newborn in a towel and walked with him outside. She stated she didn’t know what to do and placed the newborn in the dumpster,” the release said.
She was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of a charge of abandonment of a dependent person.
The police said the newborn, now in the custody of the state Department of Social and Health Services, is reported to be healthy.
Detectives will continue to investigate the case, police said.