CHICAGO — The teenage parents of a newborn left atop a trash can in Chicago are facing attempted murder charges. The infant’s grandmother is accused of lying to police about finding the baby boy.
The 16-year-old mother and 17-year-old father appeared Friday in juvenile court. The teens are not being named because they are juveniles.
Police say the girl gave birth, wrapped the boy in a towel and placed him atop a garbage can Tuesday in Chicago’s Hermosa neighborhood. Police said the father put the baby in a bag before calling his 37-year-old mother, Karla Antimo, and told her the baby was dead.
Antimo told investigators she went to get the baby but later realized the the infant was not dead. She told police she drove the baby to the fire station and said she found it in the alley. The baby had to be resuscitated and was taken to the hospital.
According to information released in court, it was nearly 10 hours before the baby was taken to the fire station.
Antimo is charged with disorderly conduct for falsely reporting how she ended up with the child.
Police said the baby’s condition at a hospital has improved to serious from critical.
Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson commented Friday and said, “I can’t imagine what that 16-year-old was going through, so I won’t stand here in judgement. But this could have had a much more tragic outcome had the infant not been taken to the firehouse.”
The two teens were released and will be in juvenile court next month. Antimo is due back in court May 16th.