A Chicago woman who brought an unconscious newborn baby into a fire station, claiming she randomly found the infant on a garbage can, has lied, according to police.
Chicago Tribune report that 37-year-old Karla L. Antimo has been charged with felony counts of disorderly conduct and filing a false police report, after police determined that her 17-year-old son was one of the people responsible for reportedly placing a newborn baby on a garbage can in a Chicago alley.
According to authorities, the teen’s 16-year-old girlfriend gave birth to a baby inside her home, then wrapped the baby in a towel and placed him on a garbage can. The 17-year-old male then reportedly put the baby in a trash bag and placed him back on the garbage can, then told his mother, Antimo, what happened.
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As CrimeOnline previously reported, Antimo told police she heard cries coming from an an alley close to her home off of 1714 N. Keystone Avenue, on Tuesday. She claimed she walked through the alley, trying to find the source of the crying. She said she randomly found a baby, a boy, on top of a garbage can. He was barely breathing and blue and limp. She took the infant to a nearby fire station.
The baby’s umbilical cord was still attached, and according to officials, he was bleeding.
Paramedics arrived and after performing CPR, rushed the baby to the Norwegian American Hospital at around 4:11 p.m. The baby was listed in critical condition, but ultimately stabilized and transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital in downtown Chicago.
A spokesperson for the fire department said that the baby is now using a breathing tube, but alert and “crying and kicking.”
“We were so lucky with this one,” paramedic Melanie Howe said during the Tuesday press conference, according to the Chicago Tribune. “We’re so lucky that this little guy has improved so much.”
In 2001, Illinois passed the Safe Haven law, which allows parents of unwanted infants to drop them off at a police station, fire station, or a hospital, no questions asked. The baby must be a month old or younger, according to the Illinois Department of Family and Children Services.
“This poor kid was minutes away from having no chance at all,” Chicago Fire Department Field Chief Patrick Fitzmaurice said during a Tuesday press conference. “I wasn’t ready to lose this one.”
Both parents of the baby have been charged with attempted murder.
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