HOUSTON (March 7, 2014) A Houston teenager has been charged with child abandonment after her newborn infant was found last month discarded in a garbage bin at an apartment complex.
The 16-year-old appeared in juvenile court Friday for a preliminary hearing.
Child Protective Services caseworker says the teenager was arrested Thursday and charged with abandoning a child without intent to return.
The infant remains in a hospital, but will be eventually be placed in a foster home.
The mother told caseworkers she didn't know she was pregnant and thought the baby was dead after she gave birth in a bathtub.
She said she had not spoken to the baby’s 22-year-old father in months.
A maintenance worker at the complex found the boy Feb. 25 in a trash bag after hearing sounds coming from the bin.