Baby found in hospital trash in stable condition



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Police say a premature baby found in a restroom trash can at a Washington hospital is in stable condition.

But Detective Brenda Anderson says it remains to be seen whether the boy will have developmental complications from oxygen deprivation.

The baby was blue with the umbilical cord around his neck when a nurse found him Tuesday in a trash can at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. He was later transported to a Tacoma hospital.

The Olympian reports the mother, 23-year-old Jasmine Marie Ritchey, is jailed on $50,000 bail for investigation of attempted murder and child abandonment.

Court records say Ritchey went to the hospital complaining of stomach pain from chemotherapy, but later admitted she didn’t have cancer. Prosecutors say Ritchey told authorities she hid her pregnancy because she “needed to get her life together before having more children.”

A message left for her attorney, Patrick O’Connor, wasn’t immediately returned.


Information from: The Olympian,