Attorney Probing Mental State of Client in Baby Garbage Case
The attorney for an Indianapolis woman charged with attempted murder after her newborn baby was found alive in a trash can says her mental health will be the big issue in her court case.
Chadwick Hill says he's assessing the state of mind of 22-year-old Briana Holland. Holland is also charged with four counts of neglect of a dependent and one count of battery. Authorities say Holland gave birth to a baby boy in a restroom at United Technology Carrier Corporation where she worked.
She's accused of throwing the baby in a trash can after stuffing tissue and a tampon applicator in the baby's mouth and wrapping the child up in toilet paper and paper bags. The baby was found and revived by a worker. The incident was reported Friday. Police investigators say Holland admitted to putting the child in the trash.
This comes despite the state's Safe Haven Law that allows people to drop off unwanted children at any fire station, police station or hospital emergency room, without question. There's a fire station near the facility where Holland worked. Holland is in police custody and has a pretrial hearing September 3rd before Marion County Judge Lisa Borges.