Pikesville mother of newborn accused of filing false report Woman said she found baby on steps, police say

November 06, 1996|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police have issued an arrest warrant for a Pikesville woman who detectives say is the mother of an infant she claimed was abandoned on the back steps of her house Sunday.

The warrant charges Veronica Mae Scott, 36, of the first block of Irving Place with filing a false report, said Sgt. Kevin B. Novak, a police spokesman.

According to Novak, Scott called police at 7: 15 a.m. Sunday and told them she found the 6-pound, 3-ounce boy wrapped in a blanket on the back steps of her house. Detectives became suspicious, however, and they reinterviewed her Monday, Novak said.

During that interview, police say, a distraught Scott told detectives she gave birth to the child at 4 p.m. Saturday, alone in the bathroom of her home. She said she fed, cleaned and dressed the child before calling police.

Scott said she never put the infant on the back steps and that the child had never been taken out of the house.

Novak said the woman told police that she already was a single mother and did not know what else to do with the infant. It was unclear yesterday how many other children Scott has. She will not be charged with abandonment because the child was never left alone.

The baby was in good condition yesterday at Sinai Hospital, officials there said. He will be put in the custody of the Baltimore County Department of Social Services and may be placed with a family member or in a foster home, said Maureen Robinson, a social services department spokeswoman.

Robinson said abandoned babies left in public are rare in Baltimore County. The latest was about two years ago.

Most abandonment cases, she said, are not unidentified babies found in public places, but rather those who are left with relatives or friends who report to social services that the mother did not return for the child. About 40 of that type were reported last year, she said.

"Abandonments are certainly a desperate kind of act," said Robinson.

Robinson said her department can help mothers who are in difficult situations by putting them in touch with other agencies or resources that can help with finances, child care or other pressures of parenthood.

In addition, social services can place a child in a foster home until the mother's situation stabilizes. In some cases -- and with the consent of the mother and father -- social services can put the child up for adoption.

In Baltimore, police found a newborn boy wrapped in a blanket behind a gas station near Reisterstown Road Plaza on July 30. Police later identified and found the 16-year-old mother. She was charged with child abuse and abandonment.

Pub Date: 11/06/96

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