INDIANAPOLIS - A woman accused of throwing her newborn baby in a trash can at a west-side Indianapolis factory was formally charged Wednesday for the incident, which was reported last Friday.
Police said Briana Holland, 22, gave birth to a baby boy in the restroom of the United Technology Carrier Corporation building in the 7300 block of West Morris Street. A maintenance worker at the factory discovered the baby in a trash can.
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Holland faced the court for the first time Tuesday.
According to court documents," the lower half of the baby's body was wrapped in a brown paper bag and the head was wrapped in a separate paper sack. Toilet tissue was wrapped approximately 15 times around his neck and a tampon applicator and tissue were stuffed in the baby's mouth."
The worker who found the child said the baby's face was purple and its body was cold. The baby was gasping for air and suddenly stopped. The worker slapped the baby on its bottom before it began to cry, RTV6's Derrik Thomas reported.
RTV6 learned Wednesday morning of the charges filed against Holland:
- 1 count of attempted murder
- 3 counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in serious injury
- 1 count of battery
- 1 count of neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury
According to court documents, investigators asked Holland what she thought would happen to the baby.
"I knew what the results would probably be. It would probably die," she said.
She also said she was confused and didn't know what she wanted to happen.
Investigators asked if she was "cool" with the baby dying.
"I'm never cool with anyone dying," she said. "I wasn't expecting it to live. I threw it in the can."
Capt. Mike Pruitt with Wayne Township Fire Department said that one of the saddest aspects of the case is the fact that there is a fire station directly across the street from the factory. According to Indiana's Safe Haven Law, the baby could have been dropped off at any fire station, police station or hospital emergency room, no questions asked.
"We continue to drive this message home over and over again. Hopefully, it will sink in. If there is anyone out there that runs into this same situation, we hope that they will make the right choice and bring the child to a police station, fire station or hospital," Pruitt said.
Holland worked at the factory and also attended Kaplan College. On Friday, she and her twin sister were registering for classes.
Investigators interviewed Holland's boyfriend, who is the child's father. According to court documents, the couple had been together for two years and he knew about the pregnancy. He said they had discussed giving the baby up for adoption or letting him raise it while she attended college. Holland's boyfriend said he found out about the baby's birth through Twitter after she had been arrested.
Prosecutors said the child, who is in custody of the Department of Child Services, is doing well. The baby's father has a court date scheduled for Tuesday to determine if he can take custody of the child.
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