The incident took place at the El Patron restaurant in Jersey City on Wednesday and was captured on a surveillance video, reports say.
A teenager walked into a restaurant with a baby in tow, handed it to a customer, and promptly walked out. The incident, which took place at the El Patron restaurant in Jersey City on Wednesday was captured on a surveillance video. The teen identified as a 14-year-old, walked up to the woman at the counter claiming she found the infant girl and handed her to a customer before running away, owner Frankie Aguilar said, according to ABC7NY. "This lady comes in looking very desperate, holding a brand newborn child, you can even tell,” Aguilar said. “She comes in, she looks at me in the eye, I look at her and she has these eyes of terror and despair," Aguilar said, reports NBC New York.
The new mom, who left the baby with its umbilical cord still attached, “kind of looked a little bit desperate,” an employee said https://t.co/isvOpPb6LB— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) May 21, 2021
Alease Scott and her boyfriend Walter Cocca were eating their lunch when the teen walked up to them and asked for help. "The baby wasn’t really moving that much. (The mother) went to the counter, she said she needed help. I got up from the table, I immediately walked over to her and I said you mind if I check the baby’s vitals?” Scott recalled. "So she readily handed the baby over to me. I noticed the baby still had matter on it from being born, in the hair and the ears. It wasn’t cleaned off very properly." A former therapist and a school teacher, Scott knew exactly what she was dealing with. "I looked down and saw that there was dried blood on her leg, and I immediately said ‘Oh my God, this is the baby’s mom,’" she said. "But I was more focused on making sure the baby was breathing, so as soon as I looked down at the baby she was gone."
Surveillance video from inside a Jersey City restaurant showed a teenage girl who had just given birth walk inside and hand her newborn child to a customer — then walk out the doorhttps://t.co/A5PMIKC6wD— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) May 21, 2021
As the baby was having trouble breathing, Scott administered CPR and first aid before police arrived at the scene. "Once I applied the oxygen mask to the baby, all of a sudden we heard the most beautiful cry and the baby started moving, she slightly opened up her eyes and then she closed her eyes but the sweetest thing was when she got hungry and she was trying to suckle on the oxygen mask so we knew she was OK after that," the good samaritan told ABC7NY. In the video, we see the teen standing close to Alease and the baby before sneaking out through the front door minutes later. Police soon arrived to take the ailing newborn to a nearby hospital before setting off to track the mother down. When they eventually found her, they brought the teen to the hospital and reunited the mother and daughter at the hospital, where they are now said to be doing good.
Ohh poor little girl. Oh I hope she is helped. Imagine being this desperate, so lacking in choice, but loving enough to not hurt her baby. I wish I could help her.— Margaret Trainor (@MaggieTrainor) May 21, 2021
Police have decided to not press charges against the teenager for abandoning the baby but revealed that they will be putting the newborn up for adoption. All things considered, Aguilar is happy that the teenager went to the restaurant for help rather than dumping the child out in the open. "And hopefully we as a society become better at just helping one another, especially after COVID," Aguilar said. The incident served as the perfect segue for authorities to share a campaign to remind everyone that the state has a Safe Haven Law which allows parents and guardians to drop off newborns at police stations, hospitals, or fire stations.
That is just heartbreaking. I hope the mother gets the help she needs and the baby has a loving home to go to ❤️— Auntie Fah (@businessjorts) May 21, 2021
Though Scott and her boyfriend are saddened to have seen the baby go, they said they would be happy to see her again. They shared they would also happily accept being the child's godparents going forward. Speaking in the aftermath, Scott added: "I'm just so happy I was there to help because she just was desperate and didn't know what to do, she was so young," she said, adding, "I would totally be her godmother. Totally be her godmother, putting that out there."
So fucking sad 😔 poor kid and poor kid— KIKITHEKILLER (@KIKITHEKILLER1) May 21, 2021