A Maryland mother has been arrested and charged with child neglect and reckless endangerment after her baby was found abandoned on the side of a road in Pasadena, Maryland.
Sandra Clara McClary, of Baltimore, is accused of taking her infant daughter out of the car and leaving her by the road on July 4.
The 2- to 3-month-old child was discovered by a local bishop that night, reported NBC Washington.
Officers responded to the report of an abandoned child just before midnight, according to the police department’s Facebook page. There, they found a baby girl that police determined to be about 2 or 3 months old, in a car seat carrier.
“Scuff marks on the carrier and other debris indicate the carrier may have fell off of a moving vehicle,” the Anne Arundel County Police Department said in the Facebook post.
At a news conference on July 5, Lt. T.J. Smith said McClary called to claim the child the day after she was found, after the police department had posted the baby’s photo on social media.
The 26-year-old woman was verified as the baby’s mother, according to ABC News, and had initially told investigators the baby’s father was supposed to have her. Police said neither of the parents knew where the little girl was.
McClary’s car was later found to have been spotted in the area where the child was abandoned after authorities tracked her movements using her car's license plate. Investigators ultimately determined that McClary had taken the child out of the car and left her on the side of the road.
The mother, who is now facing charges related to the incident, was reported by People to already be awaiting trial on charges including armed robbery and second-degree assault. Police say they have yet to find a reason for the alleged abandonment, but investigators are continuing to interview McClary.
After she was found, the baby was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for dehydration. The department’s updated Facebook post stated, “the infant is in good condition and currently in the custody of social services.”
Photo Credit: Anne Arundel County Police Department/Facebook