INDIANAPOLIS - A woman accused of throwing her newborn baby in a trash can at a west-side Indianapolis factory appeared in court Tuesday for the first time since the disturbing incident was reported last Friday.
Police said Briana Holland, 22, gave birth to a baby boy in the restroom of the United Technology Carrier Corporation building in the 7300 block of West Morris Street. A maintenance worker at the factory discovered the baby in a trash can.
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According to court documents," the lower half of the baby's body was wrapped in a brown paper bag and the head was wrapped in a separate paper sack. Toilet tissue was wrapped approximately 15 times around his neck and a tampon applicator and tissue were stuffed in the baby's mouth."
The worker who found the child said the baby's face was purple and its body was cold. The baby was gasping for air and suddenly stopped. The worker slapped the baby on its bottom before it began to cry, NewsChannel5 sister station, RTV6's Derrik Thomas reported.
Prosecutor Kristina Korobov praised the worker's life-saving efforts, but declined to address formal charges.
"At this point, we're reviewing all the possible charges. What we need to do is interview medical staff and review any statements made by the suspect to make sure we make the right (charging) decision," Korobov said.
Capt. Mike Pruitt with Wayne Township Fire Department said that one of the saddest aspects of the case is the fact that there is a fire station directly across the street from the factory. According to Indiana's Safe Haven Law , the baby could have been dropped off at any fire station, police station, or hospital emergency room, no questions asked.
"We continue to drive this message home over and over again. Hopefully, it will sink in. If there is anyone out there that runs into this same situation, we hope that they will make the right choice and bring the child to a police station, fire station or hospital," Pruitt said.
Holland worked at the factory, and also attended Kaplan College. On Friday, she and her twin sister were registering for classes.
Prosecutors said the child, who is in custody of the Department of Child Services, is doing well.