Posted: Dec 6, 2012 11:11 AM by Eric Ross
Updated: Dec 7, 2012 6:49 PM
Police swarmed the Rosemont Shadow Mountain Apartments Wednesday afternoon after receiving a 9-1-1 call that a baby girl had been abandoned in a dumpster on the apartment complex property.
During a press conference, Lt. Howard Black said he could not confirm whether the baby was put inside the trash bin or placed next to it.
Conflicting witness statements of where the baby was found kept detectives busy throughout the night.
Police blocked off the dumpster for hours, while crime scene investigators collected evidence from a second floor apartment just yards away from the trash bin.
After interviewing several witnesses for hours, police later learned the baby had not been placed near the dumpster.
Police say the 17-year-old mother was holding the baby and told someone she had found it in a dumpster.
Because she lied, she could face a misdemeanor of false reporting or felony for influencing a public official.
As for the details of the baby, she was born at home, in the mother's apartment and was about six to twelve hours old when found.
The newborn girl was transported to Memorial Hospital Central in stable condition.
The baby has since been turned over to DHS.