BOSTON – A teenage mother tossed her naked, newborn son out a second-floor bathroom window into a trash-strewn alley, where a neighbor heard the infant’s cries and called for help, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Eva Flores, 18, pleaded not guilty in East Boston District Court to charges of assault and battery on a child under 14 and reckless endangerment of a child. A judge set bail at $1,500.
Assistant District Attorney Leora Joseph said a police investigation determined that Flores gave birth in a bathtub Sept. 20 and then threw the baby out the window. She said police found a portion of the umbilical cord in the bathtub drain.
The infant fell about 17 feet into the narrow alley between two homes in the city’s East Boston neighborhood, Joseph said. A neighbor heard the baby’s cries and called police, who found the infant and took him to a hospital.
The child was originally described as being found in good condition, but Joseph said Tuesday that the baby suffered hypothermia and serious injuries including abrasions, hemorrhaging and seizures.
“It’s a very sad and very strange case,” Joseph said after the hearing.