AUBURN, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - An Auburn woman is behind bars after police say she threw her newborn in a dumpster this weekend.
Police arrested and charged 19-year-old Alison Lesch with attempted murder after police say she threw her hours-old infant in the trash.
Police say Lesch wrapped the baby in a trash bag and put it in Forest Pointe Apartment’s dumpster Sunday morning. They say around 1:30 p.m. a resident throwing her trash out heard the baby crying. She pulled the hours-old infant out and called 911. Police arrived and took the baby girl to a local hospital.
Police went through the trash, spoke with neighbors, and quickly identified Lesch as the baby's mother.
Jeanette Deke says she threw her trash in that dumpster hours before the baby was found.
“When you throw garbage in a dumpster you lift up the lid throw your garbage in and you walk away,” Deke said in tears. “And I come home an hour later to find out that there was a baby in there. Dealing with that, it's just, it's difficult.”
Auburn police say this is the first time in at least 16 years they've worked on a case like this.
“I just can't imagine somebody doing that,” Auburn Police Chief Martin McCoy said. “I've got children of my own so I just can't imagine a mother doing that. But once again she's 19-years old so I don't know what her mind set was.”
McCoy says he’s not sure if Lesch lives at the southeast side apartment complex but says she lives in the Auburn area.
He says the unseasonably warm weather may have played a role in saving the baby’s life.
“We're just fortunate that the weather was what it was yesterday and it was warm,” McCoy said. “I don't know what would have happened had it been normal November weather here. It would have been a little chillier and possibly a different result.”
The baby received medical attention on Sunday and is in good condition at a local hospital in protective custody right now.
Lesch faces a preliminary charge of attempted murder and is being held in the DeKalb County jail without bond.
Officials with the prosecutor’s office say Lesch will appear before a judge Tuesday.
All 50 states have a Safe Haven Law, which lets parents leave newborns with emergency personnel up to 45 days after birth with no questions asked.
National Safe Haven Alliance board member Bob Floyd told Indiana’s NewsCenter there needs to be more public education after the incident in Auburn.
Since the state adopted the law nearly 10 years ago, the Safe Haven Law is credited with saving at least 7 lives in Indiana.
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