Mom arrested for dumping newborn in hospital trash can

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on July 12, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 12 at 10:09 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A South Bend woman was arrested Tuesday for dumping her newborn baby in the trash can of a hospital restroom.

Olympia Police arrested Jasmin Marie Ritchey, 23, for second degree attempted murder and second degree abandonment of a dependent person.

The baby is still alive and in satisfactory condition at Tacoma General Hospital.

According to officials, Ritchey went to Providence St. Peter Hospital early Tuesday morning by ambulance for a medical complaint not related to pregnancy.

Without revealing her pregnancy to hospital staff, while at Providence, police said Ritchey went to the restroom and gave birth to a baby boy.

Law enforcement said she intentionally placed the infant in a plastic bag and hid it in a garbage can.

Nurses found the baby in the restroom and were able to successfully resuscitate it. It was transported to a pediatric hospital for treatment.

Ritchey is currently in the Thurston County Jail.

In Washington, it is legal to drop off a newborn baby, up to 3 days old, in the hands of hospital staff, at a staffed fire station, or at a federally designated rural clinic. If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the Safe Place for Newborns of Washington 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-877-440-2229. You can also visit their website, www.safeplacefornewbornswa.org, for more information.

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