INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A maintenance worker likely saved the life of a newborn left in a trash can, court documents reveal.
The worker was called to the bathroom at United Technology Carrier Corp. after an employee heard a sound and thought it was an animal. The maintenance worker instead found a newborn in the trash can with its head and feet covered by paper bags.
Thinking fast, the maintenance worker wrapped the cold baby in a shirt, used his bare hands to stop the bleeding umbilical cord and used thrusts to the baby’s back when the child stopped breathing.
The child was then handed off to a nurse from the company’s medical clinic before medics arrived.
Hospital staff at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health said the child could have bled to death or died from hypothermia.
In an interview with investigators, Briana Holland said she gave birth in the bathroom and put the child in the garbage can knowing the baby would likely die, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Holland has been charged with attempted murder, battery and four counts of neglect. Investigators say she left the baby in a trash can of a business that was across the street from a fire station. Under Indiana’s Safe Haven law, she could have taken the baby to the fire station to surrender the child, no questions asked.