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Connecticut Mother Charged With Manslaughter After Leaving Newborn in Trash Can

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An 18-year-old woman was arrested in Connecticut after showing up to a children's medical center exhibiting signs that she had recently delivered. The trouble arose when medical examiners asked the whereabouts of the baby and the new mother was less than forthcoming.

At the insistence of the hospital, the East Hartford Police Department went to the residence of Geralyz Sotomayor-Cruz to perform a welfare check. Police entered the premises and, after some inspection, they discovered the body of newly delivered baby in the trashcan. The male newborn was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Sotomayor-Cruz’s neighbor, Anthony Colenzo, watched the ordeal unfold from his apartment. 

“The father came running to say there is a baby in the trash can, and I was surprised. I watched the whole thing for at least an hour and a half,” said Colenzo.

The Connecticut State Medical Examiner is currently looking at the newborn, but it remains unclear what the cause of death was. Sotomayor-Cruz was arrested after the discovery of her child and remains in jail with a bail set at $500,000.

Sotomayor-Cruz was charged with first-degree manslaughter, assault, risk of injury and concealment of delivery.

Neighbors of Sotomayor-Cruz were shocked at the charges filed due in part to the new safe haven laws, which allow for a mother to bring a child to any hospital without any questions being asked.

“You don’t kill a baby, if you don’t want what it give it to the hospital sign away your rights to the hospital, and they have the new law, just sign the baby away,” Colenzo said.