Teen parents, mother charged in case of baby found atop trash can
A 16-year-old female and a 17-year-old male appeared in juvenile court last Friday. Their names were not released due to their age.
Authorities say the teenage girl gave birth to the baby boy on Tuesday last week, wrapped him in a towel and left him on top of a trash can. The baby's father then allegedly put the baby in a plastic bag and called his mother, 37-year-old Karla Antimo, to let her know that the infant was dead.
Police say Antimo brought the baby to a fire station 10 hours later and claimed she had "discovered" the boy in an alleyway. She has since been charged with disorderly conduct for lying about how she came across the baby.
The baby boy, whose condition was recently upgraded to "serious" from "critical," reportedly still had his umbilical cord attached and was "cold as concrete" when he was found, paramedic field chief Pat Fitzmaurice told reporters last week.
Illinois' 2001 Safe Haven law decriminalizes the act of relinquishing a baby as long as the infant is up to 30 days old and is left at a hospital, fire station, emergency medical center or police station. Because neither teenage parent did so in this case, they were both subject to prosecution.