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Woman Gives Birth In Wal-Mart Bathroom, Abandons Child

| by Sarah Zimmerman

A woman from New Roads, Louisiana, was taken into custody on Dec. 24 after giving birth in a Wal-Mart bathroom and then abandoning the newborn in a trash can. 

Kyandrea Thomas, 34, worked outside Wal-Mart as a Salvation Army bell ringer, according to The New York Daily News. Authorities confirm that she entered the store, gave birth in the bathroom, and then abandoned the newborn in the garbage can. 

KATC reports that almost eight hours later, an employee found the child in a plastic bag while taking out the trash. The child was unresponsive and not breathing. Firefighters were able to revive the baby girl, temporarily named Olivia by first responders, and she was rushed to a nearby hospital. She is reported to be in stable, but critical condition.

Thomas was found receiving treatment at another hospital and was subsequently arrested for attempted second-degree murder. Police report that the baby would have died if authorities did not respond when they did. 

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"Any time an infant is left unattended for the first four hours or so of its life, it's life-threatening, so I feel that the baby probably had minutes to seconds to live," said Pointe Coupee Chief Deputy Coroner Joe Gannon, according to WAFB.

Thomas had previously been indicted for negligent homicide in 2009, when working for the day care center Wanda's World. She is reported to have left 3-year-old Damiyn McElveen inside a van for six hours with outside temperatures reaching 98 degrees. The girl was found dead upon Thomas' return.

WAFB reports that Thomas pleaded guilty and received 10,000 hours of community service and five years of probation. Charges against day care owner Wanda Conner were dropped in 2012, but the facility permanently closed following the incident. 

She had served at least 100 of her hours with the Salvation Army, according to The Daily News. It is currently unclear if she was performing her mandated community service at the time she went into labor. 

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Sources: WAFB, The New York Daily News, KATC / Photo Credit: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office via Breitbart

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