COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - No charges will be filed against the 17-year-old mother of a newborn reported to have been abandoned near a trash receptacle in Colorado Springs.
The mother told friends on Wednesday that she "found" the baby near a dumpster but an investigation revealed the baby was never in the trash and was not injured in any way, police said Friday. The investigation also revealed that the baby’s mother had successfully hidden her pregnancy from her family.
The Department of Human Services is providing services to the baby's mother and a legal action has been initiated in juvenile court, being handled by the El Paso County District Attorney's Office. The nature of the legal action was not revealed.
Detectives interviewed the newborn's mother when they arrived on the scene Wednesday, police said. They announced Thursday that charges were being considered against the mother include felony influencing a public official and misdemeanor false reporting.
Colorado's Safe Haven Law allows a parent to hand over an infant who is less than three days old to any employee at a fire station or hospital with no questions asked. If the baby is not hurt, the parent will not be prosecuted for abandonment.
The baby was listed in stable condition and has been placed in protective custody with the DHS.