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Charges expected against woman accused of placing baby in bag, dropping him in dumpster

A Hurst restaurant employee accused of abandoning her newborn in a dumpster will face criminal charges, Hurst police said. Monday
A Hurst restaurant employee accused of abandoning her newborn in a dumpster will face criminal charges, Hurst police said. Monday Mitch Mitchell

A 28-year-old restaurant employee who police say gave birth in the restaurant and then dropped her newborn in a dumpster will face criminal charges in the case, police said Monday.

The infant, who is in the care of officials with Child Protective Services, was in good condition Monday, police said.

As of Monday, the woman had not been arrested or charged. She remains under medical care.

"We are talking it over with the district attorney's office and a decision has not been made on the exact charges," police Sgt. Lonnie Brazzel said in a telephone interview Monday.

Initially, police met with a woman about 9:40 a.m. Friday in the 900 block of Melbourne Road. She told them she believed a fellow employee had possibly just had a miscarriage in the restroom of Souper Salad.

She said she saw her co-worker carrying a bag to a dumpster behind the restaurant.

Medics arrived and began treating the 28-year-old co-worker, police said Monday.

Officers began looking behind the restaurant and located the baby inside a plastic garbage bag at the bottom of one of the dumpsters.

"The infant was awake and crying," Brazzel said in a news release. He was taken to a local hospital.

His mother also was taken to a local hospital.

"I saw a lot of commotion in the parking lot around 9:30, around Souper Salad before they ever opened," said Houng Ta, an employee at Onsite Cellular Repair near where the baby was found. "There were some ambulances, fire trucks and police cars, but I never saw what happened."

Officers continue to investigate, police said.

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This report includes information from Star-Telegram archives.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763,@mingoramirezjr.
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