An Indianapolis mother who police say left her newborn in a trash can to die allegedly told investigators she “was confused” when she abandoned the child.
Briana Holland, 22, gave birth to a boy on August 1 in the bathroom of her workplace, United Technology Carrier Corp, according to WTHR.
At around 8 p.m., a maintenance worker found the infant, alive. The baby allegedly had a plastic tampon applicator shoved into his mouth, a paper bag over his head and toilet paper wrapped around his neck.
The worker wrapped the baby in a shirt and used his hands to stop the bleeding from the child’s umbilical cord before getting the child to medical care, WANE reports.
Holland, who is charged with felony neglect and attempted murder, allegedly told police that she knew the baby “would probably die.” When a detective asked if that was what she wanted to happen, Holland allegedly replied, "I mean, I was confused. I didn't know what I wanted to happen.”
The child is in good condition, according to the Indy Star.
Indiana is a “safe haven” state, which means that someone can give up custody of a baby under 30 days old by leaving the child at an emergency room, police or fire station without being arrested or prosecuted.
The trash can where Holland allegedly left the baby was across the street from a fire station.
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