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Mother of 3 arrested after newborn found in the backyard

Pearl River woman faces charges after newborn baby found abandoned

Woman loses kids to state after charges of abandoning newborn 

On January 16th at approximately 7 am a 13-year-old boy called 911 to report he and his 15-year-old sister had found a crying newborn in their backyard.  The newborn was wrapped in a towel and blanket and laying on the ground.  Their father wrapped the baby in more blankets to keep it warm until EMS could arrive.  What these teenagers didn’t know at the time was that newborn they had rescued was their little brother and had been left outside, by their mother Kimberly Lee (35).

When EMS arrived they found the baby boy breathing with the umbilical cord still attached.  The baby was taken Northshore Regional Medical Center then flown to Ochsner Medical Center, where he was last listed stable condition.  Shew…good news!

While questioning the family police learned Lee had been pregnant, but her husband was not aware she had given birth.  He said she had just left for work that morning.  Lee was contacted advised to go to the hospital and was interviewed there.

Lee admitted to police she had given birth that morning and put the baby outside her home.  She said she hid the pregnancy from her family by wearing over sized clothing.  I am a little confused about this; her husband knew she was pregnant according to him.  Did she hide the pregnancy from their three children and other family or did she not know her husband knew?

Anyhow, Lee was arrested and charged with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and child desertion.  The investigation is on going to determine if anyone else will be criminally charged.

The Lee’s three children ranging in age from 8-years-old to 15-years-old have been placed in state custody.

I am at a total loss here. How can a woman who has three children already, give birth and toss the baby out into the backyard.  I guess I should be grateful my mind can’t register how a person is capable of this sort of thing, but I would love to understand.

Thanks to bprbear for the tip.