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Briana Holland, 22, was formally charged Wednesday with one count of attempted murder, one count of battery resulting in serious bodily injury to a person less than 14 years of age and four counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury. / The Indianapolis Star

INDIANAPOLIS - The newborn was found in a workplace trash can. The body was cold and blue. Tissues were wrapped tightly around his neck.

The mother told investigators she didn't know how she would support the child.

Less than a block away was a Wayne Township Fire Department station, where under Indiana's Safe Haven Law the baby could have been dropped off safely and the mother could have legally walked away.

Instead, the 22-year-old woman now faces a host of charges, including attempted murder.

"It happened so close to the firehouse, and I know it bothered a lot of the responders," Wayne Township Fire Department Capt. Mike Pruitt told The Indianapolis Star. "We understand that people can get into stressful situations, but we never want someone making the choice that this young lady is accused of making. We encourage everyone to seek help."

Alert co-workers at the Carrier Corp. factory helped save the baby.

The mother, Briana Holland, was formally charged Wednesday after her Saturday morning arrest. She was charged with one count of attempted murder, one count of battery resulting in serious bodily injury to a person less than 14 years of age and four counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury.

During the hearing before Marion Superior Court Judge Lisa Borges, Holland sat emotionless, speaking only to confirm the spelling of her name and her date of birth. Her trial was set to begin Oct. 20.

Her attorney, P. Chadwick Hill, said he would not comment on the details of the case. The incident, he said, has been tough on his client and her family.

"This is a very tragic scenario for a lot of people on a lot of levels," Hill said.

What occurred began to unfold Friday night, court documents say. One of the employees at the factory heard noises in the restroom and initially thought it was an animal in need of help. She called a maintenance worker to help find the source of the noise.

During a sweep of the women's restroom, the pair saw what appeared to be a hand inside a trash can. The maintenance worker pulled the child from the trash.

The child was inside two brown paper bags, and the umbilical cord was still attached. Investigators said the newborn had tissue wrapped about 15 times around his neck. More tissue and a plastic tampon applicator were stuffed into his mouth.

The child was purple, cold and gasping for air. The maintenance worker pulled the obstructions out of the baby's mouth and wrapped the child in his yellow safety vest and shirt to keep him warm. An onsite nurse helped to tie off the umbilical cord, and the Indianapolis police were called. The child was taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

Investigators learned that Holland was working when she left her work station for an unusual amount of time. She gave birth to the child in the bathroom

She told investigators she was scared because she was young, in college and didn't know how she was going to support the child, court documents say. She said she had recently broken up with the child's father. She said she hadn't been to a doctor since becoming pregnant.

She told a detective that the child wasn't making any noise when she placed him in the trash and that she wanted to hurry up and get back to work because someone else was doing her job, documents state.

She later said she was unsure what would happen to her son, but she assumed that the newborn would die, documents state.

After being asked if she was "cool" with the baby dying, court documents say, Holland said: "I'm never cool with anyone dying. I wasn't expecting it to live. I threw it in the can."

Holland denied putting anything in her son's mouth.

"All I was worried about," court documents say she told investigators, "was getting it in the trash can and covering it up."

The child, once critical, is now in good condition.

Police learned that Holland's sister and her stepfather also work at Carrier. Court documents state that she never went to them or Carrier's medical staff for help.

Holland's boyfriend and the father of the child, Elliott Oce, told police that Holland kept the pregnancy a secret from her family. He added that he found out about the incident on Twitter and was seeking custody of the child.

Online jail records indicate that Oce, 22, was arrested Wednesday on criminal charges of forgery and fraud out of Hamilton County. He was being held Wednesday night in the Marion County Jail.

In the wake of the incident, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials are reminding residents of Indiana's Safe Haven Law.

The law, enacted in 2000 after an abandoned baby died in a snowdrift outside a hospital that year, allows a person to give up an infant anonymously without fear of arrest or prosecution.

According to the law, any responsible adult may give custody of a baby less than 30 days old to any hospital emergency room, police station or fire station in Indiana.

As long as there are no signs of intentional abuse on the child, officials will not require additional information of the person leaving the baby.

After the baby is examined, the DCS takes the baby into custody.

According to Jeanette Keating, special projects manager for the Indiana Department of Child Services, 138 infants have been left with emergency services providers statewide since the law went into effect.



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