January 18, 2012

Kimberly Lee Kicked Her Newborn Baby To The Curb - Almost Literally

Slidell, Louisiana (The Weekly Vice) - Kimberly Lee, a 35-year-old Pearl River woman was jailed after she allegedly left her newborn infant in her backyard to die, with the umbilical cord still attached to its frail body.

According to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, Lee's teenage children, ages 13 and 15, discovered the newborn on the ground in the backyard around 7:00 a.m. Tuesday.

The baby was crying, and was wrapped in a towel and a blanket. The teens called 911 to report what they had found.

Lee's husband wrapped the baby in more blankets to keep it warm until an ambulance arrived to take the newborn to the hospital. The child was rushed to
Northshore Regional Medical Center in Slidell and then flown to Ochsner Medical Center on the south shore, where the child remains in critical but stable condition.

Investigators say Lee's family members knew that she was pregnant, but she gave birth to the child around noon on Monday and abandoned the baby in the backyard without telling anyone what she had done.

She reportedly wore baggy clothing and went into her work as usual on Tuesday, the day the child was discovered. Detectives are investigating to determine whether additional family members should be charged. The couple has another child, age 8, living in the home.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services was contacted and is working to ensure the safety of all of the children. Lee was taken to a local hospital for observation, where she was questioned and later apprehended.

Lee was booked into jail and charged with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and child desertion.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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