Restroom baby could be stillborn

September 19, 1990|By William B. Talbott | William B. Talbott,Evening Sun Staff

Baltimore police say a newborn boy was found dead today in a restroom toilet off the lobby of a hotel just three blocks from the University of Maryland Medical Center.

The body of the baby, described by police as small but apparently full term, was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Police said a preliminary report by the medical examiner indicated the baby never drew a breath and therefore may have been born dead. The investigation was continuing.

The boy's mother, identified only as a 36-year-old South Baltimore woman, was found in the restroom stall and taken to the medical center by ambulance for treatment after the delivery.

Police said the woman entered the Baltimore Marriott Hotel at Pratt and Eutaw streets about 7 a.m., and went into the restroom on the first floor.

A cleaning woman attempting to clean the restroom noted the visitor had been in the toilet stall an unusually long time, and saw a large number of paper towels on the floor of the stall. She alerted her supervisor, who determined that the visitor had delivered the baby in the toilet.

Paramedics were called and discovered the baby dead in the water.

No charges were filed, pending the final outcome of the autopsy.

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