HOUSTON (February 27, 2014) A 16-year-old girl who’s accused of putting her newborn in a trash bin at an apartment complex in Houston didn’t know she was pregnant and thought the baby was dead after she gave birth in a bathtub, a Child Protective Services caseworker testified.
The caseworker testified Wednesday during an emergency custody hearing for the newborn boy.
A judge awarded temporary custody to CPS.
A maintenance worker discovered the infant Tuesday.
He called police after he heard a noise and found the infant in a plastic bag.
The baby was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.
CPS officials are trying to determine if there are family members who can care for the boy when he's released from the hospital.
The 16-year-old girl, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital for observation after police found her.
Once she’s released, investigators will talk to prosecutors to determine if any charges will be referred to Harris County Juvenile Probation.