Newborn Abandoned After Birth By 14-Year-Old Gives Birth
Alease Scott and her boyfriend Walter Cocca were eating lunch at the restaurant in New Jersey when a 14-year-old asked for help. She handed the baby to the customer. Alease Scott didn’t hesitate at all.
“I said, ‘Do you mind if I check the baby’s vitals?’ She readily handed the baby over to me so my focus went right onto the baby,” Scott said.
The teen walked out of the restaurant leaving Scott with the newborn. Scott and Cocca saw that the baby who still had the umbilical cord attached was having trouble breathing.
Medical gear and oxygen were soon provided with the quick response of the police to El Patron restaurant.
“Once I applied the oxygen mask to the baby, all of a sudden we heard the most beautiful cry and the baby started moving, she slightly opened up her eyes and then she closed her eyes but the sweetest thing was when she got hungry and she was trying to suckle on the oxygen mask so we knew she was OK after that,” Scott said. Scott is trained in CPR and first aid.
The teen mother was later found. She and the baby are both doing well. She will not be facing any charges and the baby will be put up for adoption.
New Jersey has a Safe Haven law that allows parents and guardians to drop newborns off at hospitals, police stations, or fire stations. Officials took the opportunity to shed light on that information as a reminder.
“I’m just so happy I was there to help because she just was desperate and didn’t know what to do, she was so young,” Scott said.
The information was provided by ABC7.