Western Addition woman abandons baby

A 19-year-old San Francisco woman who gave birth in a bathroom and put the baby girl on the back porch of her Western Addition home Wednesday afternoon is facing possible child endangerment charges, police said.

The baby and mother, whose name has not been released, were both taken to the hospital and are reportedly doing well, authorities said.

The woman allegedly gave birth in the bathroom of her home on the 1100 block of Scott Street on Wednesday, San Francisco police Sgt. Neville Gittens said. She cut the umbilical cord and then put the baby on the back porch on a plastic bag, he said.

A short time later, the woman’s 16-year-old sister found the baby and told her mother, who in turn called the housing complex’s maintenance workers, police said. The workers spotted police officers on foot patrol and asked them to help, Gittens said.

The officers found the baby on the porch and the mother inside the residence. She was taken into custody and transported to San Francisco General Hospital. Gittens said the San Francisco Juvenile Division is investigating the case because a baby was involved.

A doctor at the California Pacific Medical Center, where the baby was treated, said the newborn was awake and crying when she arrived. He said she was healthy, but needed stimulation because, at 6 pounds, 8 ounces, she was lethargic and cold from being outside.

“They did the right thing, but the real message is that there is a new law that allows people to take the baby to a safe haven, no questions asked,” said the doctor, who wanted to remain anonymous. “It’s to keep people from discarding children in a Dumpster.”

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