A woman gave birth in the bathroom of a Subway restaurant in Los Angeles County Monday before abandoning her child in a toilet, according to police.
An umbilical cord running from the restroom’s trash can and into the toilet led employees that morning to the child, a boy who lay in the bowl with his head above cold water.
Later, a trail of blood from the mother led police out of the restroom, through the Subway’s door and north toward a shopping center on a busy intersection.
There, behind a Pep Boys store, Lopez said, police found the mother, 38-year-old Mary Grace Trinidad.
Police arrested Trinidad for attempted murder and child abandonment. She remained hospitalized for treatment Tuesday evening.
The child, initially in critical condition, was in good condition Tuesday evening at Queen of the Valley Hospital, said Lopez. The boy, born full-term, was expected to take formula that day.
Surveillance video of the restaurant shows a woman entering the Subway’s restroom at 8:07 that morning. She exits the restroom 10 minutes later, looks over her shoulders, and leaves.
“We tried to keep her in and she just walked out, and there’s a crying baby in the restroom,” a woman identifying herself as a Subway employee says in 911 call audio provided by police.
In the call, a dispatcher directs the caller to wrap the child in towels from the restaurant.
On Tuesday, police stressed California’s “safe surrender” law, which insures new mothers can hand over newborns at any hospital or fire station without questions as long the child is less than three days old.
Trinidad was previously arrested in January by West Covina police for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
The West Covina Police Department has released surveillance video from inside a Subway shop, in which a woman is accused of giving birth in the restroom, then leaving. Audio from the 911 call can also be heard as employees describe the scene. VPC
Surveillance Video Shows Woman Abandons Baby In Toilet At Subway Restaurant After Giving Birth In Restroom (Video+Photos)
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