A woman gave birth to a baby boy and then left the newborn partially submerged in a toilet at an assisted-living facility restroom in Pennsylvania, the local district attorney’s office said.
Emmanuella Osei, 23, of Reading, is charged with felony endangering the welfare of a child regarding the Monday night incident at a group home in Warwick Township.
Investigators believe the child was in the water for about 10 to 15 minutes before he was discovered.
A police officer and medics performed CPR on the infant and likely saved his life. He was at a hospital, on a ventilator, in critical condition but stable. The extent of his injuries was still being assessed.
Authorities said Osei made no attempts to help the baby, and she did not ask first responders how he was doing or request to see him.
Police arrested Osei Wednesday at a health facility where she had been since giving birth. She is being held in Lancaster County Prison without bail.
The district attorney’s office said Osei came from Ghana to live with her uncle last May. Officials said she knew she was pregnant but denied it when asked by friends, co-workers and her uncle.
She has a second child, a 2-year-old daughter, living in Ghana, officials said.