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Queens, New York (The Weekly Vice) - Dawa Lama, a 23-year-old New York woman was jailed Tuesday after she allegedly gave birth in a hospital restroom, threw the infant into a trash can, and then fled the scene.
According to police, Lama was inside an emergency room bathroom at Elmhurst General Hospital Tuesday when she gave birth to a baby girl.
Investigators say Lama had started the pre-birth check-in process at the hospital when she ran to the bathroom, delivered her baby and then promptly threw the infant into a trash bin. She then fled the scene without alerting staff about what had happened.
The infant was discovered at about 2:30 p.m. by a hospital staff member who walked into the bathroom and found large amounts of blood. The infant is now receiving treatment and is listed in critical condition.
Investigators were able to determine the identification of the child's mother after reviewing surveillance camera footage of the hospital's emergency ward. Officers found the woman sleeping at her home at about 5:20 p.m. She was then taken back to the hospital for treatment.
Lama's mother and 28-year-old boyfriend both told investigators that they were not aware Lama was pregnant. They both told investigators that they noticed Lama's stomach growing in size, but Lama claimed that she was "getting fat."
After Lama's arrest, it was not immediately clear what charges she would face. In accordance with New York's Safe Harbor Act, mothers can leave a baby at any hospital or firehouse within five days of a child's birth - no questions asked.
Lama was charged Wednesday with first-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment. Bail amount was not available.
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May 13, 2011
Posted by Danny Vice at 1:03:00 PM
Dawa Lama - Jailed After Delivering Baby In Hospital Bathroom, Throwing Infant Away In Trash