By Dave Andrusko
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL– Jefferson County deputies told WBRC that a newborn baby girl is in good condition after her 15-year-old mother left her outside a neighbor’s home in extremely cold weather for two hours.
The girl had hidden her pregnancy from her parents, according to Melynda Fox and Karen Church, and gave birth alone in a bathroom at her home Tuesday afternoon.
When the girl’s parents came home at 6pm, the girl slipped out of the house and placed her baby on the ground near the neighbor’s front door.
“The baby was wearing a short-sleeved onesie and wrapped in a towel, Chief Deputy Randy Christian said,” the Fox News station reported. “Her umbilical cord was still attached, he said.”
Feigning that she checking the mail, the teen mom told her neighbor Vickie Zeigler that she heard a baby crying, according Sgt. Jack Self.
“I went to the door and I said ‘Who is it?’ and she told me, ‘It’s your neighbor,’ and so when I opened the door, she had a bundle, it was wrapped up in a brown towel,” Zeigler said.
“She said, ‘I found this baby on your yard, I went to the mailbox and I heard this cry,'” Zeigler said.
Zeigler brought the baby inside home and called the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. “The baby was so precious, though, she was very strong and, wow, just courageous, I would say,” Zeigler said.
“Zeigler says she realizes the infant could have frozen to death or been attacked by dogs, since there are several dogs in the area.”
According to Fox News the baby is reportedly in good condition at Children’s of Alabama Hospital. The young mother initially denied being the mother but after deputies left, “the teen’s parents called law enforcement and investigators learned the 15-year-old had given birth to the baby hours before.”
Whether the baby goes into foster care will not be decided until she is released from the hospital. The teen’s parents are reportedly interested in taking the baby.
Sgt. Self says the teen mom could be charged because she first told deputies that the baby wasn’t hers.