A 19-year-old Maryland woman has been charged with attempted murder and child abuse after she allegedly abandoned her newborn baby in Glen Burnie earlier this month.
Olivia Dee Rose Thompson was taken into custody on Friday, Fox 5 DC reported. In addition to attempted first and second degree murder, Thompson is charged with first and second degree assault, first and second degree child abuse, neglect of a minor, reckless endangerment, and desertion of a minor child.
The baby was found in a small wooded area at about 6:15 a.m. on July 14 when a passerby heard the sound of a crying baby.
Anne Arundel County Police said they collected evidence at the scene and developed further evidence during a canvass of the area, eventually identifying Thompson as a possible suspect. She was positively identified as the mother during an interview with officers from the Child Abuse Unit, who took her to a hospital and offered crisis intervention and other county resources.
The baby is said to be doing well, Fox 5 DC said.
Maryland does have a Safe Haven law that allows a parent who is unable or unwilling to take care of an infant to leave a baby at a hospital or law enforcement station within 10 days of birth. Provided the child is unharmed, those who invoke the Safe Haven law are immune from civil liability or criminal prosecution.
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