Cops Release Video of Woman Accused of Giving Birth, Abandoning Baby at Subway Shop
Surveillance video shows a pregnant ,homeless woman entering a California Subway sandwich shop, going into a bathroom, then leaving minutes later covered in blood, authorities said.
Her newborn was found by employees in the toilet, partially submerged in water, and crying, West Covina police said.
Mary Grace Trinidad, 38, was arrested Monday and is currently hospitalized, police said. Her baby boy, who was originally listed in critical condition, is now doing well, authorities said.
Store employees said they knew the woman because she often asked for food. She entered the shop Monday, asked for a cup of water, then went into the bathroom and locked the door, they said, according to KABC-TV.
Customers and workers said they heard the woman screaming for about 15 minutes, but she declined offers of help. She later walked out, bleeding, with her clothes soaked in blood, they told police.
A 911 dispatcher told an employee to wrap the baby in towels and to check his mouth for any obstructions, according to tape of the emergency call.
Police said they followed a trail of blood to an alley, where the found Trinidad behind a Pep Boys auto parts store.
She was taken to a nearby hospital. West Covina police said in a statement that she will be charged with attempted murder and child endangerment following her release from the hospital.
Her bail will be set at $2 million, police said.