A 26-year-old mother whose baby was found abandoned on the side of a Maryland road strapped in her car seat has been charged with child neglect and reckless endangerment, police said. Sandra McClary called police herself at 10am on Sunday to say the baby – who was discovered shortly before midnight on the 900 block of Druid Hill Avenue in Pasadena – was her daughter.
McClary also claimed that the baby’s father was supposed to have the infant and she had not known where she was, WTOP reported.
But police believe McClary took the baby girl out of her car and placed her on the road – where a diaper bag and spilled baby formula were also discovered – according to ABC 7. Scuff marks all over the baby’s car seat had initially led authorities to believe it may have fallen from a moving car. A partial tag from the license plate of a car spotted leaving the area around the time of the incident was matched to McClary’s.
Her baby, who is between two and three months old, was discovered by the bishop of a nearby church. She was taken to a local hospital and treated for dehydration and has since been released to the Department of Child Protective Services, according to NBC Washington. At a press conference held on Sunday morning, Lieutenant T.J. Smith of the Anne Arundel County Police said the baby is in ‘good condition’.
The investigation is ongoing.
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