Newborn Baby On Life Support After Being Dumped In Trash Can, Parents Arrested

Thelma Kirkland and Carl Hall originally called to report a miscarriage. Paramedics on the scene found their baby in a nearby trash.

By Gina Tron

A couple from Alexandria, Louisiana has have been arrested after their newborn baby was discovered in a trash can. Thelma Kirkland, 30, and Carl Hall, 31, were arrested on Friday and charged with attempted first-degree murder, according to the Alexandria police.

The couple had called for medical help a bit earlier in the day after they reported a miscarriage. However, the baby was found alive in a nearby trash by paramedics as they were treating Kirkland for a suspected miscarriage. Both the baby and Kirkland were taken to a hospital for treatment, according to the release. The baby had to be put on life support.

Investigators believe that the baby’s parents put the baby in the trash almost immediately after it was born. The parents are accused of waiting over an hour to call for help, according to the press release.

It is unclear if they either Hall or Kirkland have attorneys according to the Associated Press.

This is still an ongoing investigation.

Just recently, a mother from New York City was sentenced to 16 years in prison after she tried to discard of her newborn. However, in the case of 21-year-old Tiona Rodriguez, she was convicted of smothering her newborn son to death and then carrying his corpse around in a bag while shopping around Victoria’s Secret in 2013, according to TIME. She pleaded guilty to manslaughter under extreme emotional disturbance.

[Photo: Alexandria Police Department]

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