KEARNS, Utah – Utah authorities have arrested a 23-year-old woman who they say dumped her newborn baby in a neighbor’s trash can.
Unified Police in Salt Lake City said in a statement that Alicia Marie Englert was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder.
The baby was found Tuesday by a woman who heard what she thought was a kitten meowing. The girl is in critical condition.
Police say she was born Monday. They don’t think she has received any medical care or food.
A Utah state law allows mothers to drop off newborns at hospitals without consequences.
Authorities said they don’t have any information about where the mother gave birth or why she may have left the baby in the trash can.