Woman charged with abandoning newborn in trash

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS Authorities say an Indianapolis woman admitted giving birth in a warehouse restroom and then placing her newborn boy in a garbage can, expecting he would die.

A judge entered a preliminary not guilty plea Wednesday for 22-year-old Briana Holland on charges including attempted murder and child neglect.

Police arrested Holland after co-workers found the newborn Friday night. Court documents say the baby's head was covered in a bag, part of a tampon applicator was inside his mouth and toilet paper was wrapped around his neck.

A police affidavit says Holland said she was scared and didn't know how she could pay for the baby's care. The baby is in the custody of child welfare officials.

Defense attorney Chadwick Hill didn't immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.


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