Alexandria Sladon-Marler was arrested yesterday after the Florida woman's story she had had an abortion did not add up. Police allege she gave birth to a live baby boy that was later found in a trash bin.
Sladon-Marler, 33, faces one charge of aggravated manslaughter and one count of child neglect that caused great harm. The charges resulted from the discovery of the body of a newborn in a dumpster just outside a Fort Lauderdale hotel.
On Aug. 10, Sladon-Marler went to the Broward Medical Center. When asked what was wrong she said she was bleeding, complications from an abortion she recently underwent. But the doctors did not believe her. As CBS Miami reports, physicians found part of the umbilical cord still attached to the woman. They called police.
The Sun Sentinel reports police interviewed Sladon-Marler and determined she had been staying at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Palace Hotel and Suites since June. After going to the hotel, police spoke to a housekeeper who is quoted by Local 10 News as saying, "She came to me and said can you come clean my room today, I just had surgery. I said uh-oh, she pregnant." According to police there was a lot of blood in her room.
NBC Miami quotes police spokeswoman, DeAnne Garcia, as saying, "They looked around the hotel room and they eventually went to the dumpster and located the infant boy." The baby was wrapped in a towel and found inside a pillow case.
An autopsy was performed on the baby and air was found in his lungs, a sign he was born alive. Although the woman was interviewed on Aug. 10, she was not arrested until yesterday because she was in a hospital undergoing treatment.
Sladon-Marler remains in custody in the Broward County Jail.