Subway Employees Find Newborn Abandoned In Toilet

| by Karin Sun
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Employees at a Subway restaurant in West Covina, California, made a heartbreaking discovery in the restaurant's bathroom.

On Feb. 15, a homeless woman entered the Subway establishment and went into the bathroom. Customers and employees heard her screaming for about 15 minutes before walking out of the bathroom, ABC 7 reports. The woman reportedly left a trail of blood behind her as she exited out a back door of the restaurant.

A customer then heard a baby crying in the bathroom and alerted employees.

According to police, when Subway workers went to investigate, they discovered an umbilical cord outside the bathroom.

When they looked inside, they saw the newborn baby boy sitting upright in the toilet, partially submerged in water. An employee immediately lifted the baby out of the toilet and called 911.

The emergency dispatcher instructed the worker to wrap the full-term infant in towels and check his mouth. He was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.

Police followed the trail of blood out of the back of the restaurant to a nearby Pep Boys establishment, where they found the infant's mother, 38-year-old Mary Grace Trinidad.

Trinidad was taken to the hospital, where she received medical care for complications related to her pregnancy. She was later charged with attempted murder and child abandonment, according to police.

The homeless woman also reportedly had an outstanding warrant for her arrest on drug-related charges.

The investigation into the situation is ongoing.

All 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have enacted "safe haven" legislation allowing parents to leave unwanted newborns at a designated safe location without fear of prosecution, according to a 2013 report published by the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

In California, an infant no more than 72 hours old can be left at any designated hospital or fire station. 

Sources: ABC 7, Child Welfare Information Gateway / Photo Credit: Mike Mozart/Flickr, KTLA

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