Baby found in trash at Olympia, Wash., hospital



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Police in Olympia, Wash., say they’ve arrested a 23-year-old woman accused of abandoning a newborn baby boy in a restroom trash can at Providence St. Peter Hospital.

Hospital staff found the baby about 5 a.m. Tuesday. The Olympian reports he was later transferred to an undisclosed pediatric hospital.

Sgt. Aaron Jelcick (JEL-sick) says Jasmin M. Ritchey of South Bend has been arrested. She was booked into the Thurston County Jail for investigation of second-degree attempted murder and second-degree abandonment of a dependent person. It was not known Tuesday night if she had a lawyer.

Jelcick says it appears the baby will survive.

Police are still investigating why the woman was at the hospital but Jelcick says they believe she gave birth early Tuesday in the restroom.


Information from: The Olympian,