Baby found in hospital trash in stable condition

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on July 15, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 15 at 5:08 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. - 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. Authorities say Ritchey told them she hid her pregnancy because she "needed to get her life together" before having more kids.

Her attorney, Patrick O'Connor, said Friday it's too early in the case to comment.

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