Mother of baby found covered in ants outside Texas apartment building charged

Danny Woods
August 19, 2017

The mother of a newborn baby found covered in ants outside an apartment building now faces up to 20 years in prison after being charged with child abandonment.

A couple who discovered a newborn baby last Thursday in Spring was honored by the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Lead Investigator Kimberly Thomas said: '[Sidney Woytasczyk] was scared and she did not know she was pregnant.

A mother accused of abandoning her baby outside a north Houston apartment made her first formal court appearance Wednesday. Officers said Woytasczyk cut the child's umbilical cord, left the child in a grassy area along a pathway outside and then went to bed after cleaning up. Authorities said the newborn was covered in dirt and ants.

The baby girl has received treatment for a bacterial infection and a rapid heart rate, and is now in good condition at Texas Children's Hospital. She had a lot of strength too.

Deputies urged expecting mothers to familiarize themselves with the so-called Baby Moses law, which allows moms to drop off babies under 60 days old to a fire station, hospital or emergency facility without facing any charges. "There's a hospital not even a block down the road, and if the mother was so anxious about the infant's safety she could've easily gone to drop off the baby".

Woytasczyk reportedly gave birth in her kitchen, and told police she did not know she as pregnant.

Mother of baby found covered in ants outside Texas apartment building charged

"If the child was not found, it most likely could have died", Thomas said.

Skillern and Woytasczyk's mother Tina - who has also insisted she didn't realise her daughter was preganant - are applying to gain custody of the baby. Investigators said he had commented on the suspect's gain weight and asked if she was pregnant, but the suspect denied it.

"How could they do this to their own baby", the neighbor said. She was taken into custody without incident Monday.

Still hospitalized, the infant remains in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Although people have begun contacting the agency wishing to adopt the little girl, the department is not at that point yet.

On Monday, Woytasczyk was formally charged with child abandonment, the Daily News reports.

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