West Springfield, Massachusetts–Early Saturday morning, a couple returning to their room at the Welcome Inn heard a faint cry coming from the room next to theirs. “I’m the mother of two. It was just my sense that something was wrong,” said Kimberly Dougherty. “It was a different kind of cry.” Curious, she stepped outside. She noticed the door to the room was ajar and peeked inside. In a room littered with beer cans, in the middle of the bed, lay a brand new baby girl, still covered in placenta, with her umbilical cord still attached. Kimberly and her husband swaddled the newborn in towels and waited on paramedics.
Police soon learned the name of the abandoned infant’s mother through the person who had originally booked the room where the baby was found. She was also identified from a surveillance tape from a convenience store where she bought lottery tickets a short time after the child’s birth. The incubator’s name was Tara Anderson. Police issued a warrant for the woman’s arrest. They finally caught up the bitch on Thursday morning. 37-year-old Tara Anderson will be arraigned on charges of infant abandonment and reckless endangerment of a child. Those charges, both misdemeanors, can carry a term of 2-2 1/2 years in prison upon conviction. The infant, said to be about 1 to 2 hours old when discovered, was taken into state custody.
To add a weird little twist to the story, a friend of Tara’s spoke out. Julio Reyes told CBS3 that Tara didn’t abandon the baby at all. “I’m the one that gave birth to her baby. I was there from first to last and know she didn’t abandon the baby,” says Julio. According to Dr. Julio, Tara didn’t abandon the baby, she “left it with someone responsible.” But he’s not saying who the responsible party was. Yeah…I’m buying it. Asshat. I can’t wait to see how this one turns out.
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