Queens Woman Leaves Newborn Infant in Hospital Trash Can

Source: Mehregan Javanmard

Stories of abandoned infants found in dumpsters or other unfortunate places are fairly common, but in an event that took place yesterday, a woman from Queens, NY brought it to a new level of WTF.

When Dawa Lama, 23, gave birth to a baby yesterday at Elmhurst Hospital Center and didn’t feel like keeping it, she dropped it in a trash can outside of the emergency room. Feeling tired from the ordeal, she went home and ate some rice with lentil soup and took a nap. A couple of hours later, still sleeping, the cops arrived.

Police took her into custody, although it’s uncertain what charges she will face. This might be in part because under New York City law, new mothers are actually allowed to leave newborns infants at any public hospital or fire station, as long as it’s within five days of their birth. Presumably, however, trash cans are not the intended receptacle for these abandoned infants, and that seems to render Lama’s moral affront all the more outrageous.

As of yet, the baby is still alive, but it was found in critical condition.

According to reports, nobody knew of Lama’s pregnancy, including the father.

“If that’s my baby, I’m going to take care of it,” he said. TC mark

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via NY Daily News/ image – Tilo Hauke

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  • Aelya

    New York, honestly.

  • Niv

    Problems like this occur worldwide.. not just in New York

    • Aelya

      Obviously. I meant in the sense that a good chunk of TC articles are about crazy things happening in New York. This one takes the cake.

  • Elle


    If that’s my baby, I’m going to take care of it.”
    Good man.

    • Greg

      cue Maury audience applause

  • star colonel kotaire

    she should have stashed the baby in the woods out on Montauk. hadn't she heard the story of Romulus and Remus being raised by wolves?

  • http://gearshack.blogspot.com Naked&Famous

    “This might be in part because under New York City law, new mothers are
    actually allowed to leave newborns infants at any public hospital or
    fire station, as long as it’s within five days of their birth.” WHATTHEFUCKOHMYGODAREYOUSHITTINGME? Fo' real?

    • ;:.

      i'm wearing your jeans ;]

  • Dan

    http://www.japanprobe.com/2007… I don't see why NY hasn't implemented something similar. If one doesn't want their baby, they should have the ability to just leave it, no questions asked. That's why things like this happen, because adoption is a pain in the ass.

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