— An Indianapolis woman said she gave birth in a warehouse restroom and
expected the newborn boy to die after she dumped him in a garbage can and
returned to her work station, according to court documents.
A Marion County
judge entered a preliminary not guilty plea Wednesday for 22-year-old
Briana Holland on charges including attempted murder and child neglect.
Police said they
arrested Holland after her co-workers at the warehouse on the west side of
Indianapolis found the newborn Friday night. The baby's head was covered
in a bag, part of a tampon applicator was inside his mouth and toilet
paper was wrapped around his neck, court documents said
Holland told a
detective she was scared and couldn't afford to care for her son,
according to a police affidavit.
said when the detective asked Holland what she thought would happen to the
baby she replied: "I know what the results would probably be. It would
Chadwick Hill didn't immediately return a telephone message from The
Associated Press seeking comment.
The baby, who is
in the custody of child welfare officials, was purple, cold and gasping
for air when the co-workers found in the trash can, court documents said.
The workers and a nurse at the warehouse cared for the boy until medics
arrived and took him to a hospital.
boyfriend told police that she had kept her pregnancy secret from her
family and hadn't received any prenatal care. He said he found out about
her giving birth on Twitter and intends to seek custody of the child, the
Indiana has a
safe haven law that allows people to give up custody of infants less than
30 days old to a hospital emergency room, police or fire station. A fire
station is located across the street from the warehouse where Holland
Since the safe
haven law was enacted in 2000, nearly 140 infants have been left with
emergency services providers, according to the Indiana Department of Child