HURST, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Hurst Police arrested the 28-year-old mother who allegedly abandoned her infant in a dumpster last month and charged her with attempted capital murder.
Alyssa Hazel Baker is in the Tarrant County Jail with bond is set at $50,000.
On Friday, June 15, police responded to the 900 block of Melbourne Road after around 9:30 a.m. in regards to a medical issue. Officers arrived at the scene and met with Baker.
Officers found the baby inside a dumpster behind a Souper Salad at the scene. Police said the baby appeared to be in good health.
Employees of the strip mall where the baby was found said the Baker worked at the Souper Salad.
A Hurst police arrest report says Baker denied she was pregnant when asked by coworkers.
Then on June 15, she arrived at work at Souper Salad in Hurst near Northeast Mall and gave birth in the restroom stall, asking for scissors.
The report says, “Alyssa said the baby cried for about two minutes and then stopped crying. She cleaned up the area, left the baby in the toilet and went to the kitchen to get a trash bag.”
She told her coworker she didn’t know she was pregnant and had a miscarriage.
But the coworker called authorities after watching Baker take something to the dumpster.
Police arrived shortly after, finding a newborn baby boy inside a black trash bag.
When questioned later, investigators “asked her if the baby could have been alive when she put him in the dumpster. She said ‘yes.’”
Police say the baby boy is in good health.
Child Protective Services told CBS11 Monday, police haven’t asked them to step in at this point, so Baker and her boyfriend are still legal guardians of both children.
In Texas, the Safe Haven law legally allows parents to leave their infant at a hospital or fire station — no questions asked.
The closest fire station to the Souper Salad is less than a mile away while the nearest hospital is less than a mile and a half.