Abandoned Miami Baby Found Under A Bush Now in State Care
THE mother of the Miami newborn baby, Lorena Godinez Perez, 19, has been released from hospital and went straight to court on a US$25,000 bond 12th September, charged with attempted murder.
The tragic mother may never see her child again, who has now gone into state care. The baby was found by police, alerted by doctors, under a bush. At first she was believed dead, but then an officer saw an arm move. Doctors put the baby desperately struggling for breath on a ventilator and then discovered that a large leaf had been lodge in the baby's throat, doctors believe, to prevent her from crying out.
Many people came forward to offer to adopt the plucky young survivor, who when she grows up can say she was literally "found under a bush".
NORTH BAY VILLAGE (CBS4) ― The young mother, charged with attempted murder for allegedly abandoning her newborn baby earlier this week, was released from the hospital Friday and went straight to bond court.
The judge ordered 19-year old Lorena Godinez-Perez to be held on $25,000 bond.
Investigators say Godinez-Perez gave birth Monday night and left the baby underneath a plant next to a fence at 7917 West Drive in North Bay Village.
Police were called to the location around 11:30 p.m. Monday after someone called to report a woman was bleeding profusely. Godinez-Perez was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where doctors determined she had recently given birth, although she denied it.
Officers went back to the scene to try and find the newborn infant. After an exhaustive search, officers found the baby girl under a plant. The baby's umbilical cord and placenta were still attached.
"She was just laying their motionless. At first they thought she was dead and if she's dead, then it was a crime scene but then they saw an arm move," said Det. John Costa from the North Bay Village Police Dept.
One of the responding officers quickly jumped into action. "Officer Register, the only thing he had to pick her up with was his uniform shirt and he wrapped her up in his shirt and we transported her to the rescue station," explained Det. Costa.
From the rescue station, she was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital were doctors discovered she had a large leaf lodged in her throat. The leaf was removed, and doctors on Friday had taken the baby off a ventilator machine, saying she is expected to be okay.
She will also be turned over to the state for care.
Progress report: The abandoned new born baby rescued by police, pictured, is now 6lbs in weight and 16 inches long and although in a "critical condition" doctors expect her to make a full recovery.
Police found a six inch leaf in her mouth which meant she was unable to make a sound. Police are convinced that the motive was to leave her to die.
The Guatemalan mother, 19, Lorena Godinez Perez, pictured, has been charged with attempted murder, as she could have handed the baby into a nearby fire station with "no questions asked", say police. North Bay Village Police Srgt Kevin Beaty who helped hero police officer Phillip Register and a whole team of officers, find the baby said of the leaf in the baby's mouth, "It was just horrid".
Policeman Register wrapped the baby in his police shirt after fnding her covered in mud under a bush, still attached to the birth products. The newborn was then transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital where she fought for her life.
It is speculated that the mother is an illegal immigrant and two "room mates" who shared the apartment with her and her grandfather have been arrested on suspicion of livng and working in the country illegally.
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The mother of the new-born baby found by police under a plant in Miami has been charged with attempted second degree murder, as a plant part had been found lodged in the neonatal's throat, which police believe may have been placed there deliberately. The woman, 19, newly arrived from Guatemala was also charged with abandonment. The good news is that the little baby girl who was on the "critical" list seems to have kept a firm grip onto life.
' rel="nofollow">http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26632460/"] Police said Lorena Godinez Perez allegedly denied giving birth or having sexual activity, but doctors notified police to look for an infant after examining her. “We sent our officers out here to search the area to see if we could find an infant that was abandoned,” Mastrodonato said. After following trails of blood from Perez’s North Bay Village apartment, authorities searched for the baby for more than an hour. One officer heard a noise from under a bush. Neighbor Miguel Ezteleta said police officers were searching for the baby. “It was just ah, ‘Everybody on the floor now,’” Ezteleta said. “They had like five cops looking on the floor.” The child was found near a fence and placed underneath a plant, its umbilical cord and placenta still attached. A fire-rescue crew took the baby girl to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where doctors removed part of the plant stuck in her throat. A neighbor said she realized the woman was pregnant. “I felt very sad because you don’t know what was going through her mind,” the neighbor said. Authorities said there were other options available to Perez. With the Miami-Dade Firehouse only two blocks away, she would have been protected by the Safe Haven Law, NBC 6’s Sharon Lawson reported. The Florida law allows any parent to leave their infant with a firefighter, emergency medical technician, or paramedic at a fire station or emergency medical services station. Other options also include bringing the baby to a hospital emergency room. “No questions asked. You can leave the baby and they would not ask you any questions,” Mastrodonato said. Perez, who recently arrived from Guatemala, was hospitalized in serious condition. She was charged with attempted second-degree murder, police said.
Police have revealed that a plant part approximately 6-7 inches long had been pushed down the new-born baby's throat, which could not have got there by itself.
The new-born baby girl was found on Tuesday abandoned in bushes in Miami, Florida, and still attached to its mother's placenta. The little mite clings onto life today and remains in a "critical condition".
Authorities say when they pulled the plant out of the newborn's throat, it was about six to seven inches long...which they believe the baby could not have swallowed by herself.[/q]
A new-born baby girl has been found by police in Miami still attached to the placenta and umbilical cord. The baby was found after a search alert when a heavily-bleeding woman turned up for treatment in hospital, but with no sign of the baby she had obviously just had.
The baby was found in bushes covered from head to foot in dirt as burly policemen climbed in and out of bins to find the new-born baby. The struggling baby clings onto life tonight in a critical condition.
Her mother, named as Lorena Godinez Perez, 19, who swore to police she was a virgin, is under arrest.
Police found a newborn child -- with an umbilical cord and placenta attached -- early Tuesday abandoned in a bush near a North Bay Village high rise.
Police officers made the discovery after receiving a call from physicians at Jackson Memorial Hospital saying doctors were treating a woman who was bleeding excessively from her vagina.
Though the woman vehemently denied sexual activity or pregnancy, doctors examined her and recognized that she had recently given birth.
But there was no sign of a baby.
At 2:05 a.m., officers were dispatched to 7917 West Dr. -- the apartment building where fire-rescue crews picked up the woman nearly three hours earlier -- to search for a newborn.
Dive teams were also called out because of the proximity of waterways.
Police searched everywhere, climbing in and out of trash bins.
At 3:40 a.m., officers Phillip Register, Ray Marabotto and Frank Pieiga heard rustling in the bushes near the 360 condo building at 7900 Harbor Island Dr.
There, they found the baby girl, covered in dirt from head to toe.
Register picked up the baby, who appeared to be breathing, and wrapped her in his uniform shirt. They rushed her to a nearby fire station for medical attention.
Fire-rescue then took her to Jackson Memorial Hospital.
There, emergency room doctors discovered a piece of a plant stuck in the infant's throat, which they removed.