Workers at the United Technology Carrier Corporation were horrified last Friday when they found a newborn infant stuffed in a restroom trash can.
Workers and police would soon discover that the child belonged to Briana Holland, a 22-year-old worker at the factory. Holland gave birth to the child in the factory restroom and told detectives she abandoned the child because she didn’t know what else to do.
The incident started when a worker heard strange noises coming from the trash can. The employee assumed an animal was stuck inside, and went to rescue it. Inside the bin was a newborn child wrapped in multiple paper bags.
The baby had toilet paper wrapped around his neck and a tampon applicator stuffed in his mouth when he was found. The worker who found the newborn boy immediately rescued him and put him inside of a safety vest to keep him warm.
The child was in critical condition when taken to the hospital, but has since made a full recovery. The infant boy is now in the care of social services, and the child’s father says he intends to claim custody of him. The father says he was completely unaware that Holland, his ex-girlfriend, had given birth.
Holland, meanwhile, admitted to detectives she put the child in the trash in order to kill it.
When a detective asked what she figured would happen to the baby if left in the trash, she said “I know what the results would be. It would probably die.”
As Fox 59 reports, Holland could have used Indiana’s Safe Haven law and dropped the child off at a fire station across the street. The Safe Haven law allows parents to drop infants under 30 days old off at hospitals, fire stations, and police stations free of legal consequences. Indiana officials say the law has saved 140 infant lives since it was enacted in 2000.
Holland is being charged with attempted murder and child neglect. On Wednesday, she pled not guilty to both charges.