A woman in Connecticut has been arrested for abandoning an 8-month old baby into a rubbish container.
Andiana Griciel Velez, 24, has been charged with risk of injury to a child, second-degree assault, and first-degree reckless endangerment. She is currently being held on a $500,000 bond. She is said to have attack the infant’s 21-year-old mother, overpowered her, and carried the baby away.
The police say the abandoned baby was discovered in the dumpster by maintenance workers around an apartment complex in New Haven late in the afternoon. Though some burns and bruises were found on the girl’s hands, she was fine and alert.
Commenting on the development, one of the maintenance workers told reporters that ‘It’s scary, you know, thinking what type of person would do something like that. It’s hard to believe someone would do that.’ The officers said they eventually managed to get in touch with the child’s mother later on Monday and took the baby to the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital where she was in a stable condition.
“Basically coming out of shock, you can tell she was freezing, freezing in that trash can,” an eyewitness also said.
Though Velez is facing charges for throwing the baby in the dumpster, investigators are yet to determine who injured the infant. The New Haven Department of Children and Families is also concurrently investigating that.