HARLEM, Manhattan — For the second time in two weeks, a woman in NYC arrived at a hospital seeking medical attention after allegedly giving birth and throwing out the fetus, officials said Friday.
A fetus was found in the trash outside a Harlem home on Amsterdam Avenue between West 131 and West 133 streets after cops were called to a Manhattan hospital Thursday evening, according to police.
A woman, 23, arrived at the hospital after having given birth earlier on Thursday, police said.
The woman allegedly told police the general location of the fetus she had discarded.
It is not yet known if the baby was alive when the woman gave birth, police said.
Friday's investigation comes two days after a 23-year-old woman arrived at a hospital in Richmond Hill, Queens complaining of severe abdominal pain and trauma, police said.
The woman showed evidence of having given birth, and told officials she delivered a baby on Sunday that was not responsive, so she disposed of it, police said. The fetus was believed to be about 28 weeks along.
It is not clear if investigators ever located the fetus in the earlier incident.
The women in both cases have not yet been charged.
In New York, the Abandoned Infant Protection Act allows a parent to abandon a newborn baby up to 30 days of age anonymously and without fear of prosecution if the baby is abandoned in a safe manner, according the state website.
According to the site:
A parent is not guilty of a crime if the infant is left with an appropriate person or in a suitable location and the parent promptly notifies an appropriate person of the infant’s location.
Under this law, parents may leave the newborn at places such as a hospital, fire station or with police.
For more information regarding the Abandoned Infant Protection Act, call 1-866-505-SAFE (7233).